Hello. My name is Ben Welsh. I’m a native Iowan living in Los Angeles.
I am a reporter, albeit an unconventional one. I specialize in what is called computer-assisted reporting. Journalists in the past were often hack novelists. I'm a hack computer programmer. I use computers to collect, organize, analyze and present large amounts of information.
I work at the Los Angeles Times, a daily newspaper and 24-hour website based in Southern California. Before working at The Times, I worked on investigative projects at The Center for Public Integrity, helped produce long-form documentaries for cable channels like CNN, and pitched in on some television and newspaper reporting.
I earned a master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism — where I worked at the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR). I received my undergraduate training at DePaul University in Chicago.
I am also the editor and publisher of PastPages, an archive dedicated to the preservation of online news.