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

Ending private prisons in California will harm prisoners and detained immigrants

Fighting for air, saving the Amazon, Trump judges, an ethnic studies do-over, and ‘public charge’

The California State Capitol on December 3, 2018 in Sacramento, California.

Dems want to kneecap ballot measures

A photo of a row of red lockers. Photo by pablohart, Istockphotos.com

Delay in school ethnic studies plan would bring more voices to the table

Here’s a way to put people to work, reduce wildfires and generate electricity

A food bank hosts a CalFresh sign up table at a low-income health clinic in Contra Costa County.

Immigrants afraid of Trump’s ‘public charge’ rule are dropping food stamps, MediCal