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

New 2020 law #4: No more discriminating against renters who have housing vouchers

Oil drilling fight ahead, Newsom’s homelessness challenge, and another defection from Trump’s GOP

Another California Republican defection: Former party leader bails on the GOP

I sign informs parents and students Sunol Glen Elementary School is closed during a power outage in Sunol, Calif. on Oct. 10, 2019.

Will fires, outages land California students in ‘disaster relief’ summer school?

A federal plan could allow oil exploration at the edge of California's Carrizo Plain National Monument. Photo by Bureau of Land Management via Flickr

Battle lines are drawn over oil drilling in California

A male Chinook salmon returns from the Pacific to spawn. Photo via California Sea Grant/Flickr

California must stop relying on the Endangered Species Act to manage the environment