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Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

While Ben first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool -- not necessarily by choice -- his introduction to politics might have come as a freshman at Northwestern University, near Chicago.  The infamous Cook County Democratic machine asked him to register to vote.  He declined, saying he was already registered to vote back home in California.  "That's okay," he was told.  "You can register here too!"

Ben 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; an 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 for NPR member station KAZU, he joined Capital Public Radio in August 2007.

Since then, Ben has reported on the 2008 Sacramento Mayor's Race and won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his continuing coverage of Sacramento's homeless "tent city" along the American River.  After stints as a local reporter and All Things Considered host, Ben moved to Capital Public Radio's Capitol Bureau in February 2011, where his love of politics made him a natural fit.  Now, as Capitol Bureau Chief, he oversees coverage of California politics and government, which is distributed to NPR stations across the state through Capital Public Radio's Network (CPRN).


By the way, Ben is registered in California -- and only in California -- as a "decline-to-state" voter.

    Stories by Ben Adler

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Friday Bill Roundup: Microbeads, Vaccines And More

    Friday, May 22, 2015

    California lawmakers wrapped up their week with votes on several noteworthy measures.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Another Strong Jobs Report For California

    Friday, May 22, 2015

    California added about 30,000 jobs last month, and the state's unemployment rate fell once again in April – to 6.3 percent, down from 6.5 percent in March and 7.8 percent in the same month last year.

  • Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

    Regents Ratify UC's Deal With Brown

    Thursday, May 21, 2015

    The University of California tuition and funding deal negotiated by Gov. Jerry Brown and UC President Janet Napolitano has been approved by the university’s Board of Regents. But the two sides still don’t agree on a key part of the deal.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Study: No Violent Crime Increase (Yet) From Realignment

    Tuesday, May 19, 2015

    Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2011 overhaul of California’s criminal justice system led to the early release of 18,000 offenders. But a new study shows no increase in violent crime as a result.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Glazer Tops Bonilla in High-Stakes Senate Battle

    Tuesday, May 19, 2015

    A California state Senate race that’s turned into a proxy war between labor and business appears to have gone to the candidate backed by the business groups.

  • Governor's Dept. of Finance

    Even More Money For The California Budget?

    Monday, May 18, 2015

    Governor Jerry Brown and California lawmakers could have an extra $3 billion available to work with the upcoming state budget, including a limited amount with no strings attached.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    New Water Restrictions In Roseville

    Friday, May 15, 2015

    For the first time in its history, the city of Roseville is limiting outdoor watering to two days a week.

  • Rich Pedroncelli / AP

    Brown's Budget Would Boost Schools, Universities, Immigrants

    Thursday, May 14, 2015

    The surprise news in Gov. Jerry Brown’s $115 billion California budget proposal isn’t the money for schools, or the state’s new rainy day fund. It’s the deal he struck with the University of California, which may not be as solid as it first seemed.

  • Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

    Live Blog: Gov. Jerry Brown Releases Revised Budget

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015

    UPDATE: California Governor Jerry Brown released his May budget revision Thursday. It includes money to pay down debt and strikes a deal with the University of California to hold tuition flat for two years.