Published January 13, 2015
Dan Walters has been a political columnist for The Sacramento Bee since 1984 and has been a journalist for more than 40 years, spending all but a few of those years working for California newspapers.
His column currently appears in more than 50 California newspapers.
At age 22, Walters was the nation’s youngest daily newspaper editor. He joined The Sacramento Union’s Capitol bureau in 1975, just as Jerry Brown began his governorship, and later became The Union’s Capitol bureau chief. In 1981, Walters began writing the state’s only daily newspaper column devoted to California political, economic and social events. Since then, he has written more than 5,000 columns about California.
Walters has written about California and its politics for a number of other publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor and the online magazine Intellectual Capital. In 1986, his book, The New California: Facing the 21st Century, was published in its first edition. The book has since undergone revisions and has become a widely used college textbook about socioeconomic and political trends in the state. Walters is also the founding editor of the California Political Almanac and is a frequent guest on national television news shows, commenting on California politics.