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

USNS Mercy hospital ship admit first patients on March 29, 2020. The ship is treating non-COVID-19 patients in an effort to relieve overwhelmed Los Angeles area hospitals.

California starts recruiting retired and student doctors, nurses to handle surge in severely sick people

In a press conference following the first COVID-19 death in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom condemns price gauging on necessary medical and safety items such as hand sanitizer. Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters

Podcast: Coronavirus and the housing crisis

California coronavirus homeschooling

Tune in Wednesday: How to Homeschool Our Kids

Shreya Thatai,a second-year students in the Berkeley UCSF Joint Medical program, holds up a sign outside of Berkeley Bowl asking for mask donations to help healthcare workers during the pandemic. According to Thatai, the San Francisco leg of the UCSF drive has already collected 15,000 masks from civilians. Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters

Why wasn’t CA better prepared for a pandemic?

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What a cost-analysis shows of going back to work during the coronavirus pandemic vs. California’s stay-at-home policy

online education

California must seize the opportunity to become a pioneer in online higher education