Author, columnist, Sacramento Bee California in the 21st Century
Daniel R. Walters has been a journalist for more than forty years, spending all but a few of those years working for California newspapers. At one point in his career, at age 22, he was the nation’s youngest daily newspaper editor.
Mr. Walters 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, he began writing the state’s only daily newspaper column devoted to California political, economic, and social events. In 1984, Mr. Walters and the column moved to The Sacramento Bee. His column now appears in more than 50 California newspapers, as well as some other states.
Dan Walters has written about California and its politics for a number of other publications, including The Wall Street Journal and the Christian Science Monitor. 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.
Mr. Walters is the co-author of The Third House: Lobbyists, Power and Money in Sacramento, a behind-the-scenes look at Sacramento lobbyists, their trade and their influence. He is also the founding editor of the California Political Almanac.
Dan Walters’ hard-hitting and thoughtful commentary make him a popular speaker for businesses and associations that have an interest in understanding the California economy and how upcoming legislative decisions will affect them.