John Bartell starts at the gas station. Without fail, gas guards have the best information. “I took on the old Bartell charm,” he says. Ask questions. Find common ground. Make people laugh.
Next thing you know, Bartell and his crew are uncovering California’s best-kept secrets for “Bartell’s Backroads,” an ABC10 travel show that spans all 58 California counties and localities from Modesto to Quincy. Bartell, an industry veteran and one of five reporters on the special projects team, has covered them all multiple times.