Ben Christopher

Ben covers California politics and elections. Prior to that, he was a contributing writer for CalMatters reporting on the state's economy and budget. Based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, he has written for San Francisco magazine, California magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Priceonomics. Ben also has a past life as an aspiring beancounter: He has worked as a summer associate at the Congressional Budget Office and has a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

The Latest From CalMatters

California Sen. Kamala Harris was among the 11 presidential hopefuls who addressed a San Francisco meeting of the Democratic National Committee — where talk of California issues was virtually absent. Photo by Ben Christopher for CalMatters

California’s political equivalent to Iowa’s corn ethanol? Democratic presidential wannabes haven’t found it yet

photo of Jose Medina

Senator slams Facebook, ethnic studies stalls, what’s in store for PG&E customers, and spreading California-style democracy

How much could PG&E’s rates rise? What you need to know

Gov. Newsom on new police deadly force law: How I’ll know it’s working

We Solve the California Housing Crisis

Voting Center in Sacramento Photo by Robbie Short for CALmatters

State’s top elections chief plans to take “California model” national