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Ben Welsh

Covers:  energy, data, politics, money in politics, public safety

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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?


LAFD fire marshal replaced amid upheaval over inspections — After months of internal upheaval over a backlog in inspections, the Los Angeles Fire Department is replacing the official in charge of enforcing fire safety codes for apartment houses, schools, hospitals and other high-occupancy buildings. Fire Chief Ralph M.

connect to mysql, query, print the results . palewire — Today let's take a look at how you can use Python to connect to your MySQL database, issue a SQL query and do things with the results. It's not that hard to write a simple SQL command by hand and muck with the results, so why bother?

Meet the California Civic Data Coalition's first student developer

Clinton or Sanders: Who did your L.A. neighborhood choose? — Hillary Clinton carried California by a big margin in Tuesday's primary, but early results show the vote varied across Los Angeles County. Explore how each precinct voted using this interactive map.

Live June 7 primary results — The 2016 presidential nomination battles approaches its end Tuesday with contests in the final six states, including delegate-rich California.

Montana primary 2016 election results and map

South Dakota primary 2016 election results and map

New Mexico primary 2016 election results and map

New Jersey primary 2016 election results and map

North Dakota presidential 2016 election results and map

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Aug 28, 2016

Would pay for @ClickHole to livetweet Twitter trainwrecks like the #VMAs

Aug 28, 2016

@ryanpitts can I be taught to slide like that, or is it strictly genetic?

Aug 27, 2016

Here's a thoughtful bit of sociology as journalism that rang true against my experience 

Aug 27, 2016

@willyblackmore @IowaPublicRadio in addition to the diversity policy they have had rounds of border disputes on who goes to what school

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