Political Columnist, Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters is a columnist with the Sacramento Bee and an expert on California politics. He has been a journalist for more than 40 years, working almost exclusively for California newspapers. At age 22, he was the nation's youngest daily newspaper editor. Walters joined The Sacramento Union's capitol bureau in 1975 as Jerry Brown began his governorship and he later became the Union's capitol bureau chief. In 1981, he began writing the state's only daily newspaper column devoted to California political, economic and social events and in 1984, he and the column moved to the Sacramento Bee. He has written more than 6,000 articles about California and its politics, and his column now appears in more than 50 California newspapers. His articles have also appeared in The Wall Street Journal and the Christian Science Monitor, among other publications. In 1986, Walters published The New California: Facing the 21st Century, which has since undergone revisions to become a widely used college textbook about socioeconomic and political trends in the state. He is also the founding editor of the California Political Almanac, and co-author of The Third House: Lobbyists, Money and Power in Sacramento, a book on lobbying. Walters is a frequent guest on national television news shows commenting on California politics.