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

The Hurricane Hunters fly a WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft into the North Pacific to meet an atmospheric river on January 28, 2020. Photo by Rachel Becker for CalMatters

Dams at risk + Riding atmospheric rivers + Coronavirus concerns

One in 12 Californians work independently, so-called gig economy workers. Photo via Pexels.

Californians are free-spirited by nature. So why does the Legislature want them all to work for corporations?

Before the latest accident left him critically injured, Mark Rippee ate a snack of rolls and coffee on November 22, 2019 in Vallejo. Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters

After accident they warned about, sisters of mentally ill man blame the state — and beg governor to act

Fourth year Human Resources student Suhair Kakish, left, helps third year industrial engineering student Cesar Sanchez with his resume on campus at California State University East Bay. Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters

As UC and Cal State seek new chiefs, here are their wish lists

In this June 5, 2018, file photo, election workers Heidi McGettigan, left, Margaret Wohlford, center, and David Jensen, unload a bag of ballots brought in a from a polling precinct to the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters office in Sacramento, Calif. Photo by Rich Pedroncelli, AP Photo

Delayed and Confused: Will California’s election rules lead to an Iowa-style snafu?

California State House

California getting tough on homeless?