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 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

With home prices out of reach, buyers turn to parents for help

As the number of new mortgages drops elsewhere, Southern California is a notable exception. A growing number of buyers are using a second borrower to co-sign.

LA philanthropist and media mogul Jerry Perenchio dies at 86

The reclusive onetime talent agent who became one of the richest men in America with an early bet on Univision, died after a five-month battle with lung cancer.

Why rents in LA's suburbs are rising faster than in urban areas

One reason: Older millennials who can't afford to buy are looking for safe areas with good schools and space for their kids.

A costly delay: Rams, Chargers stadium opening delayed to 2020

A yearlong delay for the Rams and Chargers to move into their new home in Inglewood will likely cost the teams tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue.

Olympic evaluators praise LA but will LA get the bid?

The problem for Los Angeles is that the evaluation commission is now flying to Paris to evaluate that city’s bid, which is also considered very strong.

Los Angeles in the running for the site of the 2024 and 2028 Olympic games

Los Angeles has a chance to host the city’s third Olympics, but the question is twofold: should LA get the bid, will it be the 2024 games or the 2028?

Snapchat’s growth stalls; stock plunges

Snap's revenue was below expectations in its first quarterly earnings since its initial public offering. Facebook faced similar disappointment after its IPO but already had more than three times the daily user base that Snapchat has now.

Cautious optimism at California-China business summit

"There's been a collective sigh of relief" that President Trump has backed away from his talk of a trade war with Beijing, says the L.A. conference's organizer.

LA 2024 releases new renderings of proposed Olympic venues

L.A. Olympic organizers provide more glimpses of what a 2024 Olympics would look like at various locations around the area.

Olympic evaluators come to LA — does the visit matter?

The evaluation commission's four-day visit will judge whether L.A. could host the 2024 Games. Experts say it won't have much impact on the final IOC vote.

California tourism group predicts slowdown in 2017

The number of foreign visitors started declining during the second half of last year. Officials are worried about Trump and the strong dollar.

​Hollywood writers, producers reach deal; strike averted

The deal came after a flurry of last-minute bargaining, conducted during a media blackout that offered no tangible details about whether picket lines would go up until after midnight Tuesday.

Who would be hurt by writer's strike? Not just the writers

And it's not just actors and directors. Think caterers, drivers, makeup artists, even cobblers - more than 300,000 people, most without a financial cushion.

Hollywood writers overwhelmingly authorize strike

The Writers Guild hopes the result - 96 percent voted in favor - gives it leverage when it returns to talks with the studios on Tuesday. The contract expires May 1.

San Bernardino at risk for another bankruptcy, Moody's warns

The influential credit rating agency points to San Bernardino's "significant unfunded and rapidly rising pension obligations" in a highly critical report.