Aaron Mendelson

Data Reporter

Contact Aaron Mendelson

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 joined KPCC in 2014 and became a member of the station's investigative team in 2017

He holds a master's degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Prior to joining KPCC, his work had been published and aired by Reuters, Marketplace, KQED and Mother Jones. He got his start in journalism at KFAI in Minneapolis.

Stories by Aaron Mendelson

LAPD identifies off-duty officer in Anaheim shooting

Officer Kevin Ferguson has been on the force less than four years. Meantime, a KPCC analysis found off-duty officers are more likely to be charged with a crime than on-duty cops.

Measure S campaigns ramp up ahead of March election

If passed, construction developments that exceed LA's current zoning rules would be banned for 2 years. Supporters say it would stop developers from ramming construction into already-packed parts of the city. Opponents say a ban would mean less housing supply and higher rents.

City approves $1.5 million settlement with family of Ezell Ford

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a multi-million dollar settlement with the family of Ezell Ford, a 25-year-old shot and killed by LAPD officers in 2014.

LA commission reviews body-cam rules. Other cities' policies vary, KPCC finds.

As the Los Angeles Police Commission considers loosening restrictions on making LAPD officers' body cam videos public, KPCC has found that other cities in L.A. County have varying policies on the matter.

City of LA finalizing settlement in Ezell Ford case

Ford's parents filed a civil lawsuit against the city after the 2014 officer-involved shooting. The dollar amount hasn't been made public. The city council is expected to approve the settlement on Feb. 8.

3rd Southern California storm brings flooding, rockslides

Long Beach saw a record rainfall total of 3.91 inches, while rainfall topped 4 inches in Ojai. Road-closing rockslides have been reported in Malibu.

Garcetti holds commanding lead in campaign fundraising

Contributions to city and school board candidates in Los Angeles have zoomed past $8 million, according to campaign finance reports filed Tuesday.

Do I live in a California flood zone?

Precipitation from El Niño could be a double-edged sword, raising the possibility of flooding in a region struggling with drought. Use this map to see if you live or work in a flood zone.

There were 89 police shootings in LA County in 2016

That number is similar to previous years in Los Angeles County. But nationwide data suggests the number of fatal police shootings in the region is particularly high.

El Monte man's family says police shooting 'unjustified'

The parents of a man killed by El Monte police have filed a civil rights claim. The man was in a vehicle pursuit with officers who shot him in his car.

Turnout rose across Southern California — except in LA

Voter turnout jumped from 2012 across much of Southern California. Turnout in Orange County was a bright spot, but Los Angeles County moved in the other direction.

The biggest gender gap in years in CA's Legislature

As California lawmakers begin a new session, data shows the 120-member Legislature is far more male and white than the state it represents.

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.