Aaron Mendelson Associate Digital Producer, Data

Aaron Mendelson
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Aaron Mendelson is KPCC's Associate Digital Producer for data and interactive projects.

Prior to joining KPCC, Aaron worked as a freelancer for Marketplace, KQED and The California Report. He's also written for Reuters and Mother Jones, among others. He got his start in journalism at KFAI in Minneapolis.

He holds a master's degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where he studied audio storytelling and data reporting.

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

AP calls close race for Rep. Darrell Issa

The controversial congressman won re-election in a tight race to represent parts of San Diego and Orange Counties, according to the Associated Press.

LA has the second most airplane laser beam strikes

Lasers beamed aimed at airplanes are a growing risk and L.A. is a national hotspot for the problem.

How does this year's rainfall in SoCal stack up?

As Southern California moves into another year of drought, every drop of rain helps. But just how much rain is falling? We're tracking rain gauges across the region to help answer that question.

When it rains, it pours... bacteria into the ocean

The rain fell hard enough to swell rivers, flood freeways and knock out electricity. That's good news for drought-stricken Southern California, but bad news for beachgoers.

4.1 million ballots left to process in California

Several close races are in the balance while votes remain to be tallied across California, according to Secretary of State figures. About a million of those are in Los Angeles County.

Millions of ballots still need to be processed in California

Election Day is in the rearview mirror, but more than 4 million ballots in California still haven’t been processed. Those votes could still swing tight races across the state.

Bitter Inland Empire election unseats Democrat incumbent

In a hard-fought, expensive race to represent the Inland Empire, incumbent Assemblymember Cheryl Brown fell to challenger Eloise Reyes. Both are Democrats.

Charter school-supported candidates successful in state races

Charter school advocates flooded state legislative races with more than $18 million in campaign spending — and mostly got the results they were seeking.

LA says 'yes' to tax increase for transportation

Los Angeles County voters weighed in Tuesday on a proposal to raise the sales tax to fund billions of dollars in transportation projects.

How many LA voters will show up on Election Day?

If history is any guide, a majority of registered voters will cast a ballot. L.A. County's voter turnout in the last presidential election, in 2012, was 71 percent.

#WhoMailedIt: KPCC breaks down political mailers

KPCC has been collecting political mail this year and a number of themes reappear on mailers for different candidates in different races.

KPCC story on Inland Empire election makes its way into political mailers

The mailers come amid a contentious race for state Assembly in the Inland Empire's 47th District. KPCC did not participate in the mailers or endorse a candidate.

How charter school advocates became top campaign spenders

No organization in the state has spent more outside money in the 2016 election cycle than two pro-charter committees. They've spent $17 million on state contests.

Charts: Money from charter school advocates in 2016 elections

Explore the funding and political spending of groups advocating for charter schools in California.

Inside the high-tech, data-driven world of campaign mail

Campaign mailers are blanketing mailboxes across California. And while they may seem low-tech, the people sending you that mail know exactly what they're doing.