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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: Why publish the findings of right-leaning pollster?

    Reader: I'm writing about The Californian's use of Rasmussen Reports' poll results. First, item No. 9 in your April 29 "10 Things You Need to Know" is based on another Rasmussen poll. It is no secret...

  2. SOUND OFF: Why did we ignore most religious day of the year?

    Reader: This letter is addressed to the silent Christians and a newspaper that completely ignored the most religious day of the year. Not one word about Easter on the front page about the observance...

  3. SOUND OFF: Why write about BPD's internal personnel issues?

    Reader: The April 11 edition of The Californian carried a front page story about the Bakersfield Police Department ("BPD investigates officer reported to have manipulated victim's body"). The story...

  4. ROBERT PRICE: We're not laughing at this alleged 'tickle' by BPD officer

    I don't know if it's strictly illegal for a police officer to tickle the feet of a dead man lying on a slab, waiting to be tended to by the coroner. One's core sense of humanity emphatically declares...

  5. SOUND OFF: Why don't we pay attention to city's homeless problem?

    Reader: I'd like to have a frank conversation about homelessness in Kern County. We have a problem -- and today, it begins with how the city and county have chosen to manage the issue of homelessness...