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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: Bravo for republishing that Charlie Hebdo cover

    Reader: Sound Off continues to brighten Saturday mornings. Thank you. It is so refreshing to read fact-based, well-written responses to misinformed, irate readers. It most likely does nothing to...

  2. SOUND OFF: Do welfare recipients vote to preserve benefits?

    Reader: My father-in-law said it best. Welfare, food stamps and Section 8 housing are intentionally created programs promoted by Democrats who want to make people dependent on government for future...

  3. SOUND OFF: Good news to report: Our top 10 uplifting stories

    Reader: Why not a summary of the 10 most upbeat local stories in 2014? (After all, The Californian published several year-end stories in that vein, including capsulations of local prominent deaths as...

  4. SOUND OFF: Criticism of county animal shelter was unfair

    Reader: I was concerned over an article in The Californian ("Is county shelter really worth an extra $2 million?" by Lois Henry, Dec. 21) that criticized funding of the county shelter efforts for...

  5. SOUND OFF: Annual first-baby story always a sign of the times

    Reader: Why do I suspect that the names of the first 50 or so newborns ("Welcome 2015's first local baby," Jan. 2) reads like the Mexico City phone book? -- Gary Johns, from online story commenting...

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