Ben Bergman Senior Reporter, Southern California Economy

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Ben Bergman is KPCC's Senior Reporter on the Southern California Economy.

He’s a frequent contributor to NPR and Marketplace, and often hosts Southern California Public Radio’s daily two-hour newsmagazine, Take Two, as well as Morning Edition and major breaking news coverage for the station.

Bergman has reported extensively on the NFL's return to Los Angeles after a 20 year absence, the campaign to bring the 2024 Olympics to Southern California, L.A.’s housing affordability problem, and the city’s adoption of a $15 minimum wage.

He was previously KPCC's Orange County Reporter, where he covered the closure of the San Onofre nuclear plant and the Christopher Dorner manhunt.

Before joining KPCC in 2012, Bergman was a producer for NPR’s Morning Edition, both in Washington D.C., and at NPR West in Culver City.

He has been a producer for some of the most recognizable voices in radio — Renee Montagne, Steve Inskeep, Susan Stamberg, and Linda Wertheimer. He has produced interviews with everyone from The Dalai Lama (three times) to Ben Stiller to Ben Affleck. Bergman was also the Morning Edition anchor at Aspen Public Radio in Colorado.

Bergman has also written for "Time Magazine" and "The New York Times" and was a reporting intern at "The Times."

Originally from Seattle, Bergman graduated cum laude from Occidental College in Los Angeles with a degree in politics.

In his free time, Bergman enjoys tennis, fitness, skiing, traveling to new places, and cheering on The Seattle Seahawks.

Stories by Ben Bergman

Author of anti-discrimination bill: UCLA should boycott Sweet 16

​The author of a law that bans state-funded travel to states deemed to be restricting LGBT rights is "disappointed" UCLA won't skip Friday's game in Memphis.

Trump's defense budget raises hopes for SoCal aerospace firms

Trump has proposed a $54 billion dollar increase in defense spending, which could be a big boost for California's once-thriving aerospace industry,

Study: Inland Empire rental market tighter than LA's

A study finds a lower vacancy rate than in L.A. and Orange Counties, and rents rising as much as in L.A. and twice as much as in Orange County.

Head of LA's Olympics bid: Trump more helpful than Obama

Fears about Trump torpedoing L.A.'s bid are not only overblown, but Trump is proving much more helpful than President Obama was, LA2024 CEO Gene Sykes said.

Petraeus: CIA leak as 'damaging' as Snowden revelations

Former CIA Director General David Petraeus said the details hurt spying operations as well as relationships with tech companies.

Trump immigration policies could hurt California, economists warn

If immigrants are deported in huge numbers, the UCLA Anderson business school's new economic forecast warns we could see production woes for Southern California's construction, home maintenance and agriculture business sectors.

What Snap's wildly successful $28 billion IPO means for LA

Once employees finish buying houses and cars, they are also likely to reinvest their Snap proceeds into other early stage start-ups.

How robots could make US manufacturing competitive again

Amidst a national debate about the future of manufacturing, a new state-of-the-art Center for Advanced Manufacturing opened Friday at USC.

'A Day Without Immigrants' protest closes businesses

Some businesses closed for the day; others stayed open and pledged to contribute a share of the day's proceeds to nonprofits that aid Latino communities.

SoCal's housing shortage puts the squeeze on workers

“We have fallen way behind in terms of being able to build and develop the number of homes we need every year,” said a state official who oversees housing.

Survey: LA consumer confidence dropped after election

A new survey from Claremont McKenna College finds L.A. county residents aren't feeling as rosy about the economy since Donald Trump has been elected. However nationwide, consumer confidence has continued to surge.

Glendale would have tried to keep Nestle if given a chance

Nestle is getting $10 million in grants from Virginia and $4 million from Arlington County, which is also providing $2 million for infrastructure improvements.

H-1B visa revamp could drain SoCal's skilled-worker pool

The visa program allows foreign workers with high-level science and engineering skills to work for U.S. companies that need their expertise. California has the most positions eligible for H1-B positions in the U.S., though most are in Silicon Valley.

Post-bankruptcy, San Bernardino works to attract businesses

A federal judge formally approved San Bernardino’s bankruptcy plan Friday afternoon. Now city leaders hope the decision will bring businesses back.

LA city council approves Olympics host city contract

The council unanimously gave its final approval to hosting the 2024 Olympics. If the city is chosen, L.A. would be responsible for cost overruns, should it go over budget. Organizers say their plans would not go into the red because they'll use SoCal's existing stadiums, and not build new ones.