Sigrid Bathen was a staff writer for the Sacramento Bee for 13 years and has written for numerous publications, including the California Journal, an award-winning magazine about politics and government, where she was senior editor. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Capitol Weekly, California Lawyer, the American Lawyer Newspapers, California Medicine, California Republic, the Sacramento Business Journal, Comstock’s Magazine, the Sacramento (and Chico) News & Review and Sacramento Magazine, where she was a senior writer. She is a contributing writer for online health-care media published by the California Health Care Foundation. She has been an adjunct professor of journalism at California State University, Sacramento, since 1988. She served as Press Secretary to California Superintendent of Public Instruction Wilson Riles and to Attorney General John K. Van de Kamp, and was Media Director for the California Fair Political Practices Commission.
Her writing has won many awards: the Berton J. Ballard Press‑Bar Award for Distinguished Reporting on the Administration of Justice from the State Bar of California; the Catherine L. O’Brien Award for women’s interest reporting; Society of Professional Journalists awards for commentary and enterprise reporting, and California and National Mental Health Association awards for coverage of mental-health issues. She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her Bee coverage of conditions in state mental hospitals. www.sigridbathen.com