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

Color image of some people voting in some polling booths at a voting station.

An election reform: Let voters make clear which candidates they truly dislike

Is recession on our horizon?

Wilma Chesbroe, a patient and long-time friend of Dr. Dan Dahle, sobs and holds hands with the doctor as they joke and reminisce about the many years they spent working together at the Fall River Mill hospital. Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters

Paging more doctors: California’s worsening physician shortage

Trying to help mentally ill jail inmates, trying to quit cars, and the $3 billion cash crop

A convertible is driven along the coastline in Big Sur, California. Photo by Pgiam/istockphotos.com

Can California put cars in the rear-view mirror?

The RifleGear store in Fountain Valley, CA IMAGE BY Mitch Barrie, Creative Commons

To prevent mass shootings, California should rely on science, not rhetoric