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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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    Roller Coaster Ride Continues For California Economy

    Friday, November 21, 2014

    California’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.3 percent in October, despite the state adding more than 40,000 jobs. But the state also revised its September job loss down even further.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    California Senate Laying Off 40, Citing Budget Woes

    Friday, November 21, 2014

    Capitol sources tell Capital Public Radio that budget problems are forcing the layoffs of 40 state Senate employees and an across-the-board health care premium increase. Otherwise, the Senate would be unable to meet payroll next year.

  • File / Charles Rex Arbogast /AP

    Proponents Of Tobacco Tax To Try Again In 2016

    Friday, November 21, 2014

    Two years after California voters rejected a measure that would have raised the tax on tobacco products, a coalition is forming to try again – in the Legislature or on the November 2016 ballot.

  • Eric Risberg / AP

    UC Regents Approve Five-Year Tuition Increases

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    University of California students again tried to block a tuition increase proposal – without success.

  • Jeff Chiu / AP

    Board Of Regents Expected To Approve UC Tuition Plan

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    The plan to raise tuition at the University of California is expected to be approved Thursday.

  • Jeff Chiu / AP

    UC Students Caught In Middle Of Tuition Battle

    Monday, November 17, 2014

    The University of California Board of Regents is set to debate a proposed tuition increase Wednesday. UC President Janet Napolitano’s plan would raise tuition by five percent for the next five years – unless the state increases the UC's funding.

  • Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

    UC, Defying Brown, Calls For Tuition Increases

    Thursday, November 06, 2014

    University of California President Janet Napolitano is proposing five consecutive years of five percent tuition increases – unless Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers give the UC more money in the state budget..

  • Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

    Brown Promises Both Fiscal Restraint And New Projects

    Wednesday, November 05, 2014

    California Gov. Jerry Brown acknowledges there’s a paradox in his platform of fiscal restraint combined with big projects like the Delta tunnels and high-speed rail. He says striking a balance will be key to his unprecedented fourth term.