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Joe Barr

Chief Content Officer

As Chief Content Officer, Joe Barr is CapRadio’s strategic leader for content creation and distribution on all station platforms. He oversees the station’s award winning multimedia News and Information Department and multiplatform music services. 

Previously Barr was Director of News and Information at CapRadio and significantly expanded the station's News Department, including creation of Health Care, Environment and Food & Sustainability beats. He developed CapRadio's statewide news service, Capital Public Radio Network (CPRN) which reaches about three-million listeners a week on more about 50 public radio stations in California, Oregon and Nevada. He also developed CapRadio’s award-winning, nationally distributed community engagement documentary series, The View From Here. Most recently he launched PolitiFact California - the first-ever public radio partnership with the Pulitzer Prize winning organization. 

Barr led the News Department to numerous awards, including a national Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting and Gabriel and Sigma Delta Chi awards for Best Documentary. He's a senior fellow in the American Leadership Forum and serves as a member of its board of directors. He has been named to Capitol Weekly's annual Top 100 list of the most influential unelected people in California state government. 

Prior to joining Capital Public Radio, Barr was a Senior Producer for the news division of the Westwood One radio network. He managed coverage used by more than a thousand radio stations in the U.S. Before that, Barr was an award winning reporter at NPR member station KJZZ in Phoenix and he's also worked at commercial radio news stations in Pennsylvania. 

Barr lives in Sacramento with his wife, Nicole. They enjoy regular bike rides, hiking and traveling.