Aaron Mendelson

Data Reporter

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Aaron Mendelson works on KPCC's data journalism and interactive projects.

At KPCC, he has used data to shine a light on the avalanche of outside money in local politics, spiking firearms sales, Los Angeles' bicycle infrastructure, and police militarization. He helped build a unique database on officer-involved shootings in Los Angeles County for KPCC's Officer Involved project.

Aaron holds a master's degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Prior to joining KPCC, he worked as a freelancer for Reuters, Marketplace, KQED and Mother Jones. He got his start in journalism at KFAI in Minneapolis.

Aaron grew up in Iowa. An avid music fan, he is the author of the 2012 book "American R&B: Gospel Grooves, Funky Drummers & Soul Power."

Stories by Aaron Mendelson

Trump waited 417 days to visit California – longer than any president in decades

The nation's president has finally come to California. Just after 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Donald Trump set foot in California for the first time as president — more than 400 days into his term.

Sexual harassment a persistent, costly problem for City of Los Angeles

The city has paid out millions since 2011 for settlements or judgments involving allegations of sexual harassment and assault.

Why LA city sexual harassment claims have gone way up

Until recently, the city of LA's Personnel Department had received just 35 reports of harassment in a five-year stretch. Recently, reports have drastically increased.

Garcetti's PAC raises $120,000 in first few weeks

As Garcetti ponders a run for the White House in 2020, his activity in the 2018 midterms represent an early entrance onto the national stage.

Thomas Fire fully contained, as firefighting costs set new record

The Thomas Fire burned through more than 440 square miles and left several communities vulnerable to the mudslides that would ultimately hit earlier this week.

LA County had 78 police shootings in 2017

That amounts to roughly one shooting every fifth day. It's in line with the trend of recent years.

3 signs Eric Garcetti might be aiming for the White House

The L.A. mayor has helped launch groups to improve cities and a Democratic fundraising PAC — signs he's trying to build a national profile.

You can smoke weed in California — but it's still hard to buy it

Want to purchase a joint at your local pot store Jan. 1? Good luck. Most California cities and counties have banned cannabis businesses.

San Francisco eyes stricter reporting of politician-linked donations

San Francisco is moving to shed more light on behested payments, the practice used by politicians to request money from wealthy donors for their favored causes.

Trump effect keeps CA gun sales lower after Vegas shooting

Gun sales in California ticked up but didn't skyrocket in the weeks following the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas. They've been trending down all year.

LA Sheriff’s deputy who opened fire during a car chase may have broken the rules

A car chase Tuesday morning led to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy firing at a moving vehicle, a practice the department has recently moved to restrict.

Water use rises as everyone forgets the drought

Now that the pressure's off, can we keep saving water? The answer depends on where you ask the question.

SF looks to restrict payments to politicians' pet causes

The San Francisco Ethics Commission is exploring limits on "behested payments," the fundraising practice used by politicians to raise money for pet causes.

Southern California victims of the Las Vegas shooting

The local victims include a Simi Valley school office manager, a Manhattan Beach special education teacher and a Manhattan Beach civilian police employee.

Cops in LA, San Bernardino counties top list of police shootings

New data from the California Department of Justice, show big differences in the rates of police shootings across the state. Ventura County reported the lowest rate.