Director of Programming and Audience Development
Ben first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool — though not necessarily by choice. He made his radio debut (and blatant early mistakes) at Northwestern University’s student radio station, WNUR. There, he spent much of his time broadcasting sports; a news internship at Chicago Public Radio gradually helped bring him over from the “dark side.” He spent the summer of 2003 broadcasting Minor League Baseball in Great Falls, Montana, before turning full-time to public radio. After several years covering the Monterey Bay Area and hosting All Things Considered for NPR member station KAZU, he joined CapRadio in August 2007.
At CapRadio, Ben has held multiple roles within the Content Department. He started as the station’s Sacramento Region reporter, and soon hosted All Things Considered and anchored afternoon newscasts while continuing to cover the local news beat. In February 2011, Ben moved to CapRadio’s Capitol Bureau, where his love of politics made him a natural fit. A year later, he was named Capitol Bureau Chief, and for the next eight years, he led CapRadio’s statewide news coverage that airs on NPR stations throughout California.
Ben now serves as CapRadio’s Director of Programming and Audience Development, a position on the Content Department leadership team that he’s held since January 2020. As the lead advocate for CapRadio’s audience, he’s responsible for the “sound of the station” across all of CapRadio’s platforms — including radio, web streams and podcasts. Ben lives in Sacramento, where his wife, three children and several pets tolerate his love for public radio, baseball, scotch and poker.
October 9, 2019
With power outages poised to spread to 7 percent of his state’s population, California Governor Gavin Newsom is both supporting electric utilities’ decisions to turn the lights off and criticizing Pacific Gas and Electric.
October 7, 2019
Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill that places a $15 billion school facilities bond on next year’s primary ballot, setting himself apart from his predecessor, who labeled the November 2016 school bond “a blunderbuss effort.”
October 2, 2019
California U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris has seen her support plummet in her home state’s Democratic presidential primary in recent weeks, while Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is surging.
September 30, 2019
Dotson Wilson is retiring after nearly 40 years as a Capitol staffer, including 27 years as the chamber’s first ever African American chief clerk and parliamentarian. Here’s his CapRadio exit interview.
September 25, 2019
A millionaire who conquered the trillion-dollar tech industry last year by forcing new consumer privacy protections into California law is mounting a new effort aimed at next year’s ballot.
Interview: Former California Gov. Jerry Brown Launches Climate Change Institute With China, UC Berkeley
September 23, 2019
The institute, a partnership with Tsinghua University in Beijing, will focus on research and training initiatives, as well as cultivating a dialogue” between researchers, scientists and public officials in both countries.
California Lawmakers Have Piled A Giant Stack Of Bills On Gov. Gavin Newsom's Desk. Here Are Some Of Them
September 14, 2019
California lawmakers adjourned for the year in the wee hours of Saturday morning, but not before sending hundreds of bills to Governor Gavin Newsom.
September 12, 2019
The bill setting new statewide “best practices” and training for officers is linked to the law signed last month that raises the legal standard for when police can use deadly force from “reasonable” to “necessary.”
September 10, 2019
Companies such as Uber and Lyft have been seeking a way to keep their workers classified as contractors instead of employees. But legislation to address worker misclassification moved forward Tuesday night without exemptions covering them.
September 10, 2019
A rent cap deal between tenant advocates, business groups and the California Apartment Association has passed the state Senate on a party-line vote. But it’s not yet clear if it has the votes to pass the Assembly.