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Robert Price

Executive Editor

Robert Price joined The Californian in 1988 and has held practically every job in the newsroom during his long, mostly fruitful tenure. He has been writing a regular column since 1999.

Price was born in Iowa, lived in eight different cities as a Navy brat, attended high school in Sonoma County and graduated from Sacramento State University on the 10-year plan after having served as editor-in-chief of the award-winning State Hornet. He made stops at two small daily newspapers before coming to Bakersfield.

At The Californian, Price has covered sports, the oil industry, local government, and music and entertainment, among a great many other things. He served as The Californian's features editor for two years (1998-99), wrote a thrice-weekly metro column for nine years (1999-2008), served as chief editorial writer and then Opinion editor (2008-2013) and became executive editor in Januury 2014.

Among Price’s more memorable special projects: “The Bakersfield Sound,” a 1997 series documenting Bakersfield’s rich musical history, and "The Lords of Bakersfield,” a 17,000-word look at the sordid circumstances surrounding the 2002 stabbing death of Assistant District Attorney Steve Tauzer, for which The Californian earned the University of Oregon’s Payne Award for Ethics. Price won the George F. Gruner Award for journalism in 2003 and the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s medium-market award for outstanding local column in 2006. He is the author of a book on migration and music, The Bakersfield Sound: How a Generation of Displaced Okies Revolutionized American Music (2014).

Recent Articles from Robert Price
  1. SOUND OFF: Stick to just being a newspaper, not a TV station

    For the first time ever, TBC Media live-streamed wall-to-wall coverage of the Dec. 4 Bakersfield Christmas Parade. Louis Amestoy made like Ryan Seacrest and, with Olivia Garcia valiantly attempting...

  2. SOUND OFF: What's being done to inspire responsible fatherhood?

    Price: My spam filter catches most of the junk that spews forth from the bowels of the World Wide Web, but occasionally something of dubious merit squeezes into my inbox. That Nigerian government...

  3. SOUND OFF: Bad news often turns out to be a good thing

    John Harte, a photographer and community college journalism instructor who worked at The Californian for three decades, has been poring through his old film negatives for the past several weeks. As...

  4. ROBERT PRICE: For 200, Pie Run justifies feast to follow

    My first indication that I was not the only person insane enough to ruin the peaceful calm of a pre-dawn Thanksgiving morning was the sight I beheld as I crested the hill at Mount Vernon Avenue and...

  5. SOUND OFF: Is Alon moving ahead with refinery plans, or not?

    Reader: The Nov. 9 article "Alon backs off plan to reopen refinery" certainly came as a surprise to many people, not the least of whom were myself and my colleagues in Bakersfield. Frankly, we are...

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