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

Watch a decade of growth in LA's bike infrastructure

The city's bike network has been growing at a rapid clip for a decade, according to data the Los Angeles Department of Transportation provided KPCC. But gaps remain.

Where to watch Dodger games in SoCal this season

About 70 percent of fans won't be able to catch a game on their TV this season, so some are tuning in at sports bars or restaurants.

You can't cross LA using just bike lanes

Despite years of effort to make streets safe for bicycles, Los Angeles still doesn't have an interconnected bike grid—at least not yet.

UCLA blasts military-style siren to break up crowds

Each UC campus has a version of a siren used in the Iraq war that can harm hearing in just a few seconds. UCLA has used it repeatedly for crowd control.

LA County is nation's most populous — still

The latest U.S. Census data show Los Angeles remains the nation's most populous county by far, with more than a quarter of Californians living there.

WeHo uses Taylor Swift song, humor to stem fatal pedestrian crashes

West Hollywood launched a million dollar safety campaign last October to make streets more safe for walkers. Early numbers show the quirky direction may be working.

Downtown areas power job growth — but not in LA

Downtown Los Angeles has seen a lot of growth, but not when it comes to job growth. In 2011, only 7 percent of the region's jobs were in the city center.

Just how late are Metro's buses? Depends on the line

Data on millions of trips shows some lines are chronically late. Other stick to their schedules most of the time. But no bus keeps up with Metro's punctual trains.

Water main break submerges vehicles in Hollywood

Crews could be in the area for hours fixing the mess — past pipe repairs in the Hollywood Hills took LADWP workers an average of 21.5 hours to repair.

SoCal law enforcement biggest spenders of Californians' seized assets, data show

California law enforcement agencies spent more than $400 million in proceeds from property and cash seized through the program.

28,000 seek driver's licenses in first days of new immigrant law

Preliminary statistics show that the California Department of Motor Vehicles received 17,200 applications on Friday and another 11,100 on Saturday.

Motorcycle crashes, deaths spike 23 pct. in SoCal: Gas prices, economy blamed

The stats reverse an earlier trend as more inexperienced or rusty riders hit the road, enticed by years of rising gas prices and a better economy.

Militarized police? An FAQ on the Pentagon's surplus program

The Defense Logistics Agency's surplus military supplies program can get complicated. Here's our guide to the data, and what it does — and doesn't — tell us.

Pentagon releases new details of weapons program in SoCal

The Department of Defense has released new data indicating just how much military equipment has made its way to Southern California law enforcement.

LA millennials: Bilingual, for the most part

Nearly 58 percent of millennials in metropolitan L.A. speak a language other than English, latest Census numbers show.