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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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
California law enforcement agencies spent more than $400 million in proceeds from property and cash seized through the program.
Preliminary statistics show that the California Department of Motor Vehicles received 17,200 applications on Friday and another 11,100 on Saturday.
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.
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.
The Department of Defense has released new data indicating just how much military equipment has made its way to Southern California law enforcement.
Nearly 58 percent of millennials in metropolitan L.A. speak a language other than English, latest Census numbers show.