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Database Producer — LA Times
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Covers:  energy, data, politics, money in politics, public safety

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Ben Welsh's Biography

I am a reporter, albeit an unconventional one.

I specialize in what is called computer-assisted reporting. Journalists in the past were often hack novelists. I'm a hack computer programmer. I use computers to collect, organize, analyze and present large amounts of information.

I work at the Los Angeles Times, a daily newspaper and 24-hour website based in Southern California.

I am also the editor and publisher of PastPages, an ...

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What tools and software do you use to do your job?

Python, PostGIS, Django, HTML, JavaScript

Did you work for your high school newspaper? If so, what did you do there?


USGS retracts three "ghost" earthquakes, blames Northern California sensors — In the past two days, malfunctions in the network of sensors that detect earthquakes in Northern California have issued three false alarms, forcing the U.S. Geological Survey to issue a series of embarrassing retractions. Just after midnight Friday morning, a magnitude 6.7 quake struck off the coast of Alaska.

Memorial Day 2015 - California's War Dead - Los Angeles Times — On this Memorial Day, the Los Angeles Times pays tribute to the California service members who have died in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq by publishing a selection of comments posted over the last year by those who knew and loved them. Hundreds more can be read on The Times' database, California's War Dead.

2015 Los Angeles city general election results — Complete results from Tuesday's Los Angeles election will appear below soon after polls close at 8 p.m. This election is a runoff between candidates for City Council District 4 and three seats on the Board of Education that were not decided in the city's March 3 primary.

Second straight LAFD recruit class is all male after women exit — All female recruits have been eliminated from the Los Angeles Fire Department training class set to graduate next month, dealing a setback to Mayor Eric Garcetti's drive to increase the number of women in the agency's ranks. Last December, four women were among the 43 recruits picked to enter the grueling boot camp required to become a city firefighter.

Audit of LAFD EMS billing — The Los Angeles Fire Department should change the way it bills people who call 911 for medical help, according to an audit released Wednesday.

City should collect more revenue from LAFD 911 callers, audit says — The Los Angeles Fire Department should change the way it bills people who call 911 for medical help, according to an audit released Wednesday. The 97-page report, issued by City Controller Ron Galperin, urges fire officials to develop new ways to recover millions of dollars spent each years to provide medical rescues.

The 2015 CAL-ACCESS challenge — Four ways to dig deeper into California campaign cash at this week's Stanford symposium, Corruption: Who plays, who pays? Who is bankrolling the most powerful politicians in America's largest state? What are special interests lobbying to stuff in California's $150 billion budget? Despite a complex and costly set of regulations, there's no easy answer.

LAFD's latest recruits are primarily white and overwhelmingly male — A second class of recruits hired after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's overhaul of the city's firefighter hiring process is primarily white and overwhelmingly male, marking little progress toward the mayor's pledge to diversify the Fire Department. The 54 recruits, who are scheduled to start training at Terminal Island on Monday, include only two women.

California lawmaker calls for stricter firefighter EMT requirements — State Sen. Isadore Hall III (D-Compton) called for a new state law Friday requiring all firefighters and other emergency rescuers in California be certified as emergency medical technicians. His proposal follows a Los Angeles Times investigation that found nearly 1 in 4 firefighters in the Compton Fire Department lacks a valid EMT card, a key credential required by other local fire agencies.

Nearly 1 in 4 Compton firefighters are working without an EMT permit — Nearly one in four Compton firefighters is working without a permit to perform emergency medical care, a key credential required by other local fire agencies, a Times investigation has found. Out of 74 firefighters at the Compton Fire Department, 17 lack a valid EMT card, according to city records obtained via the California Public Records Act.
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May 30, 2015

Fun fact: @USGS geophysicist told me there are quake truthers who accuse him of covering up quakes the govt wants secret

May 30, 2015

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May 30, 2015

I hope this secret TPP thing fixes the real problem: Protectionist policy that prevents exporting this guy to USA…

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