Rick Jurgens reports on finance, housing, energy, utility regulation and other issues where economic and political interests intersect. He has been recognized for stories on conflicts of interest and governance at Dartmouth College and oil imports to California from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. At the Contra Costa Times, he covered the 2000-01 California energy crisis, the real estate bubble, mortgage fraud, financial abuse of seniors and the performance and social impact of such companies as Chevron and PG&E. He has been a staff writer for Dow Jones Newswires and the Valley News of West Lebanon, N.H., and his work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Public Press and San Francisco Business Times and on CNBC.com. He has also written investigative reports for the National Consumer Law Center. He graduated from Harvard College and studied journalism at Boston University.