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