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.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom listens as CalVet Secretary Vito Imbasciani speaks during a news conference at the Veterans Home of California May 22, 2020, in Yountville. Photo by Eric Risberg, AP Photo/Pool

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