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

Mill Valley, in Marin County. The affluent Northern California suburb has fiercely resisted state housing interventions. Photo by Frank Schulenburg via Wiki Commons.

Podcast: The case for local control over housing

California families are hungry while a third of crops rot in fields

Homeless encampments like this one in Santa Cruz contribute to rising public concern about homelessness and housing in California. Photo by Dan Coyro/Santa Cruz Sentinel

Bad teeth, college costs, voters’ dim view of homelessness, and presidential campaign money

Derek Duarte, 26, sits outside of his small motorhome near downtown Mountain View, California, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Duarte lives here with his girlfriend to save money while he pursues an Automotive Technology degree at De Anza College in Cupertino. Duarte has been a beneficiary of the Food Pantry at the school which has helped him lower his food costs. Photo by Gary Reyes/ Bay Area News Group

Why CA didn’t overhaul student aid this year — but could soon

The California big-donor money race among presidential candidates, zip code by zip code. Data visualizations by Ben Christopher for CalMatters

7 data visualizations: Which presidential candidates are Californians funding — month by month, zip by zip?