Ben Bradford is a city mutt, who has lived in Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., the Bay Area and most recently Charlotte, North Carolina.
Before entering journalism, he did stints as a bartender, actor, undersized bouncer, stuntman, viral marketer and press secretary to a Member of Congress.
Deciding he would rather explain and examine the political system than serve it, Ben entered the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism to be a newspaperman and quickly found himself in public radio.
He sold his second-ever radio story to WNYC, and his third to NPR.
For WFAE in Charlotte, he covered the arrest and resignation of mayor Patrick Cannon for public corruption, the removal of the confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse, the Duke Energy coal ash spill, and how cities find sister cities (it’s a lot like dating).
He won the 2014 national Edward R. Murrow award for hard news reporting.
As the State Government Reporter, Ben covered California politics, policy and the interaction between the two.
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August 31, 2018
Two measures passed by the Legislature late Friday night would require the release of body camera footage and records related to shootings and deadly use-of-force incidents.
Gov. Jerry Brown will decide whether California should create the nation's strongest net neutrality rules, defying the Trump administration.
An outside investigation found that Republican state Sen. John Moorlach put a woman into a headlock and gave her a noogie at a Republican caucus reception. It also found that the lawmaker has given others noogies.
On Friday, California lawmakers have sent state net neutrality rules to Gov. Jerry Brown and approved a bill delaying school start times, but didn't vote on bills providing clean drinking water or banning gay conversation therapy.
August 28, 2018
It would be the fourth major augmentation to California’s climate change policies in four years.
August 27, 2018
Senate Bill 1177 would extend a one-purchase-per-month restriction to rifles and long guns. Assembly Bill 2103 would require an eight-hour training class for people applying for concealed-carry permits.
The measure would require that county election officials notify a voter if their signature on the mail-in ballot does not match the one on file. Voters would have two days before the election results are certified to return a valid signature.
August 24, 2018
California lawmakers have released a new proposal to improve the state’s preparedness and response to wildfires — and to soften the financial cost of those fires on electric utilities.
August 23, 2018
The California Legislature has passed what would be a major change to the state’s initiative process. A measure on its way to Governor Jerry Brown would ban paying initiative signature-gatherers for each voter signature they collect.
August 22, 2018
An effort in California to impose net neutrality through state legislation passed a key vote Wednesday, two days after the Santa Clara County Fire Department complained of Verizon throttling its data.