douglas sovern

author journalist musician


Douglas Sovern is an award-winning radio journalist, author of fiction, and musician and songwriter.

He is a political and investigative reporter at KCBS Radio in San Francisco. Winner of more than 200 journalism awards, he began his career at The New York Times and has also worked for Associated Press Radio and San Francisco radio stations K-101 and KGO. For more on his journalism career, and to hear selected radio pieces, please click on the RADIO page.

He is also a writer of fiction. He wrote the groundbreaking Twitter novel “TweetHeart” in 2011—the first work of its kind—and began writing and publishing short stories in 2013. His stories have been featured in Narrative Magazine, Sand Hill Review, Gemini, Black & White, Crack The Spine, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Hobo PancakesThe Penmen Review, Alimentum, Jet Fuel Review, EDGE, Mulberry Fork Review and J Lit and have been nominated for four Pushcart Prizes and the Best of the West anthology. For more on his writing career, and to read his stories, please click on the FICTION page. Doug also hosts THERE, a monthly reading series showcasing Oakland and Berkeley writers, at the Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland, on the third Friday of each month.

He is also a bassist and songwriter.  He is a member of the rock groups Eyewitness Blues Band and The Fallopian Dudes, and he wrote and performed political parody songs on KCBS as leader of the Not Ready For Drive Time Singers. For more on his music career, and to hear some of his songs, please click on the MUSIC page.  For his SF Giants version of “Royals” please click on the ROYALS page.

From 2006-2010, he wrote the Sovern Nation blog, about national and California politics. The blog returns during presidential campaign season (meaning it’s active again right now!). For more on the blog, and to view the archives, please click on the SOVERN NATION BLOG page.

Doug is a voracious tweeter. Follow @SovernNation on Twitter for tweets about politics, breaking news, sports, the arts and more. Follow him on Facebook at Doug Sovern, Journalist-Author.

For pictures from across all of the above platforms, please click on the PHOTO GALLERY page.

Doug was born in New York City and is a graduate of Brown University. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife, Dr. Sara Newmann, and their twins.

The header photo was taken by Doug on Flathead Lake in Montana. The photo may change from time to time, so check back to see what’s new.


  1. Just so you know I was here! Well done.

    I am a little envious– of your talent, energy, and output!

    Love to the whole famn damily

    ( no name posted, please )

  2. Very cool
    Thanks for putting the site up.
    Can’t wait to see those babies

  3. Hey Doug
    this IS great! what an fabulous interesting life you lead.

    more stories!

  4. Please send a copy of your award winning short story, “Indira” and congratulations!

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