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Downtown L.A.
Database Producer — LA Times
As seen in:  LA Times
Covers:  energy, data, politics, money in politics, public safety

Database producer for the Los Angeles Times Data Desk. Editor and publisher of palewi.re and pastpages.org

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?

No.

Federal investigators probing elite LAFD fireboat unit

latimes.com — Criminal investigators with the U.S. Coast Guard are probing an elite group of Los Angeles firefighters at the city's port to determine whether federal licensing records were falsified for crew members assigned to large fireboats, The Times has learned.

Ferguson grand jury documents

documents.latimes.com — Search the documents released by the Missouri grand jury that decided not to indict Darren Wilson, a police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old.

CAL-ACCESS app now supports PostgreSQL

californiacivicdata.org — A new version of our software for downloading campaign finance and lobbying data now supports the popular PostgreSQL database backend, thanks to significant contributions from a new volunteer. Version 0.1.0 of django-calaccess-raw-data is now freely available on the Python Package Index and GitHub.

Sheila Kuehl claims victory in L.A. County supervisor race

latimes.com — With preliminary election results showing her far ahead, former state lawmaker Sheila Kuehl said her competitor in the race for Los Angeles County supervisor, Bobby Shriver, called Wednesday morning to concede the closely watched contest. "I think it's safe to say that I've won this race," Kuehl said.

2014 election results: Ten seats that could swing the U.S. Senate

2014 election results: Marijuana legalization measures nationwide

graphics.latimes.com — With pot sold openly to any adult who wants it in Colorado and Washington state, marijuana advocates are hoping restrictions in other states will fall like dominoes, opening the way for a push in Congress to change federal drug laws.

2014 election results: Races for Congress and governor nationwide

CAL-ACCESS in action

californiacivicdata.org — Michael Finnegan and I dug deep into Gov. Jerry Brown's fundraising effort for a story in today's Los Angeles Times. What we found is that in his drive for a fourth and final term as California governor, Brown has transformed from one of the leading critics of money in politics to the master of a machine that routinely draws on six-figure checks from lobbyists and corporations.

Once a crusader against big money, Gov. Brown is collecting millions

latimes.com — Twenty years ago, one of the first callers to Jerry Brown's radio show, "We the People," asked whether campaign money had influenced him as governor in the 1970s and '80s. "You bet I was influenced," he said. "You think you can collect $10 million or $20 million and not let it affect your judgment?

L.A. Fire Department response times slow, data shows

latimes.com — Waits for 911 medical help in Los Angeles increased slightly this year, signaling no measurable progress on Mayor Eric Garcetti's campaign pledge to speed up Fire Department responses to emergencies, according to city statistics released Thursday. Garcetti presented the new figures at a news conference in which he and Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas praised LAFD efforts to overhaul how the agency gauges its performance.
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Dec 18, 2014

RT @LANow: Cold case task force revives investigation of 1989 murder of transgender woman in Santa Ana; suspect arrested lat.ms/13hGB3p

Dec 18, 2014

@andymboyle I'd recommend volunteering. DePaul, which I attended, has lots of programs. studentaffairs.depaul.edu/vcso/dcsa.html

Dec 18, 2014

@alykat @DanielleAlberti @tasneemraja @onyxfish Hyperbole of course, Flavors in VA burbs one my fav soul food places, but live in district.

Dec 18, 2014

@DanielleAlberti @tasneemraja @onyxfish No. If anyone around uses the phrase "Northwest" run. If they say "Crystal City," it's too late.

Dec 18, 2014

@andymboyle thankfully we've still got hemorrhoids to look forward too

Dec 18, 2014

@kyleykim They pretty nice, considering, these Barbary apes. Saving my selfies for the less public web.

Dec 18, 2014

Today we climbed the Rock of Gibraltar and hung around with this cackling crew of Barbary apes. NBD. pic.twitter.com/4vbT5yL67E



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