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I use data to power accountability journalism. That means digging through databases and public records to uncover stories about how your identity and zip code can affect the kind of justice you get in Southern California.
As a data reporter, my work spans different beats. I’ve covered the avalanche of outside money in local politics, spiking firearms sales, Los Angeles’ bicycle infrastructure, and police militarization. I helped build a unique database on police shootings in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties for KPCC’s Officer Involved project.
I attended Macalester College and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and got my start in journalism at KFAI Fresh Air Radio in Minneapolis.
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Stories by Aaron Mendelson
The controversial congressman won re-election in a tight race to represent parts of San Diego and Orange Counties, according to the Associated Press.
Lasers beamed aimed at airplanes are a growing risk and L.A. is a national hotspot for the problem.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 advocates flooded state legislative races with more than $18 million in campaign spending — and mostly got the results they were seeking.
Los Angeles County voters weighed in Tuesday on a proposal to raise the sales tax to fund billions of dollars in transportation projects.
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.
KPCC has been collecting political mail this year and a number of themes reappear on mailers for different candidates in different races.
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.
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.
Explore the funding and political spending of groups advocating for charter schools in California.
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.