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Ben Welsh

Writer

Ben Welsh has been a database producer at the Los Angeles Times since 2007. He develops news applications for latimes.com and conducts analysis for reporting projects. He lives in downtown Los Angeles but grew up in Swisher, Iowa. His open-source computer programming projects are published on GitHub.

Recent Articles

  • LAFD's new recruitment chief on diversity: 'We have work to do'

    LAFD's new recruitment chief on diversity: 'We have work to do'

    The Los Angeles Fire Commission waded into the controversy over the city’s firefighter hiring practices Tuesday, debating what needs to be done to increase the number of women and minorities in the ranks. Battalion Chief Alicia Welch, who is leading a stepped-up effort to recruit members of underrepresented...

  • Why the LAFD is still largely white and male despite diversity efforts

    Why the LAFD is still largely white and male despite diversity efforts

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's overhaul of how the city hires new firefighters - launched 16 months ago amid allegations of nepotism and bias - has so far failed to meet his aim of diversifying the LAFD and may require further reforms to succeed, according to interviews with city officials and...

  • The richest man and the poorest man in Congress are both from California

    The richest man and the poorest man in Congress are both from California

    California boasts both the richest man and the poorest man in Congress and sends 20 millionaires to Washington, along with a vineyard estate owner and a doctor with a student loan balance of at least $100,000. Rep. Darrell Issa has the honor of being the richest, according to annual financial disclosure...

  • How much pollution did VW's emissions cheating create?

    How much pollution did VW's emissions cheating create?

    Volkswagen has admitted equipping half a million diesel cars in the U.S. with software to cheat on emissions tests — and then, in normal driving, to spew between 10 and 40 times the allowable levels of nitrogen oxides. But how much pollution have the cars created since 2009, when VW first installed...

  • County regulator calls for sweeping overhaul at Compton Fire Department

    County regulator calls for sweeping overhaul at Compton Fire Department

    The Compton Fire Department needs a sweeping overhaul of how it responds to thousands of 911 calls for emergency help each year, according to a letter from the county’s top regulator obtained by The Times. The letter’s recommendations call for broad and potentially costly changes at the troubled...

  • Confidential L.A. County audit another blow to Compton Fire Department

    Confidential L.A. County audit another blow to Compton Fire Department

    The Compton Fire Department has failed to properly document emergency medical care and monitor the training and performance of the city rescuers who respond to 911 calls for help, according to a confidential audit obtained by The Times. The six-page audit, delivered to the department in February...

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