Aaron Mendelson

Data Reporter

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Aaron Mendelson is KPCC's Associate Digital Producer for data 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

How much do 'open data' portals cost governments?

Data portals have sprung up across Southern California, and could expand further if bills in the California legislature pass this session. So how much do they cost?

LAPD has killed more people than any other agency in 2015, data show

The Los Angeles Police Department has killed 10 people so far in 2015, more people than any other agency in the nation.

Audit finds 'exceptionally high' overtime costs at LADOT

Employees at L.A.'s transportation department maintained "nearly super-human work schedules" and claimed overtime at rates higher than any other department except the LAFD.

Do California cops have restricted military equipment?

President Obama signed an executive order this week halting the transfer of certain military equipment to police agencies. How much of it is in So Cal?

LAUSD board election drawing big PAC money

Political action committee spending in this year's Los Angeles Unified election is 15 times higher than it was 2009. Many donors aren't disclosed ahead of elections.

Drought: Rich SoCal cities use more water than poorer neighbors

Residents of higher-income areas in Southern California used more water in March than their lower income neighbors, a KPCC analysis found.

Income and water use in Southern California

Many eyes have turned to the manicured lawns, swimming pools and fountains in wealthy communities, with the assumption that wealthy Californians use more than their share of the state's water. So do they?

California legislature looks to open up government data

The California legislature is considering a trio of bills that would crack open the state's vast amounts of public data.

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.