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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

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    Chancellor: CSU Will Work To Raise Graduation Rates

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015

    California State University Chancellor Timothy White is promising that the CSU system will increase graduation rates for freshmen and transfer students over the next decade, a key desire of Governor Jerry Brown.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Brown Administration Takes Sharp U-Turn On Ride-Booking Regulation

    Monday, January 26, 2015

    California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration has abruptly retracted a Department of Motor Vehicles regulation that created tighter rules for ride-hailing services like Lyft and Uber.

  • Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

    Amazon, California Move Past Online Sales Tax Battle

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

    Four years after Amazon struck a deal with Gov. Jerry Brown and California lawmakers, the internet retailing giant now has five fulfillment centers open across the state. It also collects online sales tax from Californians.

  • Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

    Brown's Budget Gives State Parks System One Year To Turn Around

    Monday, January 19, 2015

    Between deep budget cuts and a financial scandal, the last few years have taken their toll on California's state parks system. Now, Governor Brown's new budget proposal gives the parks system a year to turn itself around.

  • Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

    Senate Report: Overhaul California's Long-Term Care System

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

    More than a hundred programs provide long-term care to elderly Californians – and they’re scattered across 20 different state agencies. A new state Senate report calls that patchwork system “shattered” and says it needs an overhaul.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    LAO: Brown Budget Proposal "Prudent" But Could Be Improved

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

    California’s non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office says Governor Jerry Brown is right to avoid committing state budget resources to new programs beyond education.

  • Live Blog: Brown Unveils $113 Billion Spending Plan

    Friday, January 09, 2015

    UPDATED: 3:08 P.M.: Governor Jerry Brown's $113 billion budget proposal offers more money for schools and community colleges, but largely resists new spending on non-education programs.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Brown: No State Funding Increase If UC Raises Tuition

    Thursday, January 08, 2015

    California Governor Jerry Brown isn't backing down in the battle over student tuition and state funding for the University of California. Under his budget proposal due out Friday, the UC would stand to lose money overall if it raises tuition.

  • A California First Lady Unlike Any Other

    Thursday, January 08, 2015

    California Governor Jerry Brown’s inauguration this week served as a rare moment in the public spotlight for his wife. But behind the scenes, Anne Gust Brown plays a much larger role than previous California first ladies.

  • Luigi Anzivino / Flickr

    Judge Allows Foie Gras Back On California Menus

    Wednesday, January 07, 2015

    A federal judge has struck down California’s law banning the sale of foie gras. The measure became law in 2004 but didn’t take effect until three years ago.