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Downtown L.A.
Database Producer — Los Angeles Times
Covers:  energy, data, politics, money in politics, public safety

Editor, @LATdatadesk at @latimes · Organizer, @cacivicdata at http://t.co/lZvqTdDOmO · Archivist, http://t.co/CaO6K276g3 · Send tips to ben.welsh@latimes.com

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.

New Hampshire primary 2016 election results and map

graphics.latimes.com — The second stop on the 2016 campaign trail is New Hampshire, where voters will cast ballots in more than 200 towns across the state. Some rural areas have already reported returns, but most results are not expected until after polls close at 4 p.m. Pacific. More coverage
Feb 09, 2016

Our #NewHampshirePrimary results page is up and out. Keep it locked for later. Bug reports cherished. graphics.latimes.com/election-2016-…

Iowa caucuses 2016 election results and map

graphics.latimes.com — On Monday night Iowa voters kick off the process of selecting America's next president at nearly 1,700 gatherings held across the state. Results will appear here as soon as they arrive, starting soon after 5:30 p.m. Pacific time.
Feb 01, 2016

RT @LATpoliticsCA: Iowa caucus results start rolling in at 5:30 pm PT. We'll have live updates: bit.ly/1PawU8f #IowaTODAY pic.twitter.com/5ANqUDKWvT

Feb 01, 2016

Alrighty, we're up with our page where you can keep tabs on tonight's voting in Iowa. Tell me what sucks. graphics.latimes.com/election-2016-…

Feb 01, 2016

RT @palewire: Alrighty, we're up with our page where you can keep tabs on tonight's voting in Iowa. Tell me what sucks. graphics.latimes.com/election-2016-…

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Meet the California Civic Data Coalition's new lead developer

californiacivicdata.org — His name is James Gordon James Gordon started work today as the lead developer for the California Civic Data Coalition. Gordon, a journalist and computer programmer, is taking charge of the coalition's open-source effort to master CAL-ACCESS, the jumbled, dirty and difficult government database that tracks campaign finance and lobbying activity in California politics.

Changes to the LAFD firefighter exam

documents.latimes.com — Members of the Los Angeles Civil Service Commission voted unanimously Thursday to replace the test the city uses to hire new firefighters, the latest change to a selection process that Mayor Eric Garcetti has struggled to reform in his bid to root out nepotism and diversify the department's rank and file.

Los Angeles outsources firefighters exam, which now comes with a price tag

latimes.com — Members of the Los Angeles Civil Service Commission voted unanimously Thursday to replace the test the city uses to hire new firefighters, the latest change to a selection process that Mayor Eric Garcetti has struggled to reform in his bid to root out nepotism and diversify the department’s rank and file.
Dec 17, 2015

RT @LANow: Los Angeles outsources firefighters exam, which will now come with a price tag lat.ms/1O9WbxK pic.twitter.com/cPVl6Lq3AB

Dec 17, 2015

#NOW: After my story earlier @ericgarcetti has vowed no one will miss new @LAFD test because they can't afford it latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Dec 17, 2015

RT @palewire: #NOW: After my story earlier @ericgarcetti has vowed no one will miss new @LAFD test because they can't afford it latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Dec 17, 2015

I've added @ericgarcetti's full statement to the bottom of the post in the updates section latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

San Bernardino medic had 5 seconds to check if each massacre victim was alive or dead

baltimoresun.com — As the water raining down from the overhead sprinklers pooled in rivers of blood and the smell of gunpowder hung in the air Wednesday, Ryan Starling remembered his training. He got out his white tape. More than two dozen victims lay on the floor at the Inland Regional Center, the 33-year-old medic...

San Bernardino medic had 5 seconds to check if each massacre victim was alive or dead

latimes.com — As the water raining down from the overhead sprinklers pooled in rivers of blood and the smell of gunpowder hung in the air Wednesday, Ryan Starling remembered his training. He got out his white tape. More than two dozen victims lay on the floor at the Inland Regional Center, the 33-year-old medic...
Dec 09, 2015

A San Bernardino medic had 5 seconds to check if each massacre victim was alive or dead latimes.com/local/crime/la…

Dec 09, 2015

San Bernardino medic had 5 seconds to check if each massacre victim was alive or dead ow.ly/3yxaVi

Dec 09, 2015

San Bernardino medic had 5 seconds to check if each massacre victim was alive or dead lat.ms/1QvjvLq

Dec 09, 2015

RT @philwillon: San Bernardino medic had 5 seconds to check if each massacre victim was alive or dead lat.ms/1QvjvLq

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LAFD's new recruitment chief on diversity: 'We have work to do'

latimes.com — The Los Angeles Fire Commission waded into the controversy over the city Fire Department's hiring practices Tuesday, debating what needs to be done to increase the number of women and minorities in future classes of new firefighters. Battalion Chief Alicia Welch presented the civilian board with...
Nov 17, 2015

LAFD's new recruitment chief on diversity: 'We have work to do.' My latest on @LANow: latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Nov 18, 2015

RT @palewire: LAFD's new recruitment chief on diversity: 'We have work to do.' My latest on @LANow: latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

LAFD hiring controversy

latimes.com — The first new Los Angeles Fire Department recruit class in five years is nearly all male and mostly white despite repeated promises by the agency to diversify its ranks, according to figures released Monday evening by Mayor Eric Garcetti's office. The class of 70 firefighters, which is scheduled...
Nov 17, 2015

RT @PeteJamison: the backstory on LA Fire Dept.'s hiring scandal, with some great data-driven reporting by @palewire @latimes lat.ms/1MksXi3

Garcetti's overhaul of LAFD hiring hasn't met aim of diversifying

latimes.com — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti 's overhaul of how the city hires new firefighters - launched  16 months ago amid allegations of nepotism and bias - has so far failed to meet his aim of diversifying the LAFD and may require further reforms to succeed, according to interviews with city officials and a Times analysis of government data.
Nov 17, 2015

RT @latimes: SPECIAL REPORT: Eric Garcetti's overhaul of LAFD hiring hasn't met his aim of diversifying lat.ms/1j5aZFz pic.twitter.com/qOUZFFBTmo

Nov 17, 2015

RT @latimes: SPECIAL REPORT: Eric Garcetti's overhaul of LAFD hiring hasn't met his aim of diversifying lat.ms/1j5aZFz pic.twitter.com/qOUZFFBTmo

Nov 17, 2015

Garcetti's overhaul of LAFD hiring hasn't met aim of diversifying @palewire ow.ly/3ys3G7

Nov 17, 2015

RT @latimes: SPECIAL REPORT: Eric Garcetti's overhaul of LAFD hiring hasn't met his aim of diversifying lat.ms/1j5aZFz pic.twitter.com/qOUZFFBTmo

Nov 17, 2015

Diversity comes but slowly to LA Fire Dept. @palewire has the why. lat.ms/1Mk5GfW

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Feb 09, 2016

Our #NewHampshirePrimary results page is up and out. Keep it locked for later. Bug reports cherished. graphics.latimes.com/election-2016-…

Feb 09, 2016

@jjelosua excellent. You going to live in the district or out in the burbs?

Feb 09, 2016

@TalibKweli Real serious issues tho. Best Iron Maiden anthem in your humble opinion?

Feb 09, 2016

@rseymour the eyes of the Nile are opening .... maybe


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