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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 he was Director of News and Information and significantly expanded CapRadio's News Department, including creation of Health Care, Environment and Food & Sustainability beats. He developed Capital Public Radio's statewide news service, Capital Public Radio Network (CPRN) which is one of the largest networks in the public radio system, reaching 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 multimedia 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 has 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 spearheaded the 2010 California gubernatorial debate between Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman, organized by Capital Public Radio, KCRA TV and the Sacramento Bee, which was nominated for an Emmy award. He's a senior fellow in the American Leadership Forum and serves as a member of its board of directors.

Before joining Capital Public Radio, Barr was a Senior Producer for the news division of the Westwood One radio network. Barr managed news coverage used by more than a thousand radio stations in the U.S. including coordination of dozens of reporters and bureaus around the country. He also wrote stories on everything from the impeachment of President Clinton and the massacre at Colorado's Columbine High School to the tumultuous 2000 Presidential election. 

Barr was an award winning reporter at NPR affiliate station KJZZ in Phoenix and he's also worked at commercial radio news stations in Western Pennsylvania. Barr's stories have aired on NPR, Marketplace, ABC Radio, Monitor Radio, Voice of America and others.  

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