91. Dan Morain
As one of the latest heavyweight writers to join CALmatters (see No. 88), Dan Morain devotes himself to revealing and explaining things that go on in the Capitol that affect his readers’ lives. It’s a difficult task, but he manages to do it. His topics range from the looming possibility that Californians may be forced to limit water use to “Why Rich People Leave California. Or Don’t.” Morain spent seven years as the editorial page editor and political columnist for The Sacramento Bee, and before that, he was with the Los Angeles Times for 27 years. Between the Times and the Bee, Morain spent nine months working in public relations for Consumer Attorneys of California. He has walked the marble halls of the Capitol and the filthy sidewalks of Los Angeles’ skid row. Even though he has spent the latest years of his career writing columns on politics and public policy, he still has a reporter’s eye for the telling detail, pointing out in his skid row piece how denizens with more status occupy the sides of streets shaded by trees.
Updated Aug. 15, 2o18