Ben Bergman Senior Reporter, Southern California Economy
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
The influential credit rating agency points to San Bernardino's "significant unfunded and rapidly rising pension obligations" in a highly critical report.
Talks resume on April 25, but the Writers Guild of America has threatened to strike on May 2 if there's no deal by the time its contract ends on May 1.
With the news that Colorado-based Aspen Skiing Co. is buying the company that runs four of California’s most popular ski resorts, skiers are wondering what's next.
For the first time in years, Central Valley farmers will receive their full allotment of groundwater. But don't expect that to lower prices in the produce aisle.
Many low-income residents don't file taxes because they don't know about the earned-income tax credit and also don't know they could get money back that's withheld.
The Writers Guild of America is threatening its first walkout in a decade on May 2, when its three-year contract expires. The main issue is pay.
"I told my wife we were going to buy this house even if we had to wear a gas mask.” The demand has surprised the developer of a planned community near the leak site.
There was hope that when Charter completed its purchase of Time Warner Cable that Charter would take a softer line, but if anything the opposite has happened.
In an eight-page draft letter to Congress, acting U.S. Trade Rep. Stephen Vaughn wrote that the administration intends to start talking with Mexico and Canada about making changes to the pact.
Today on State of Affairs:
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 has proposed a $54 billion dollar increase in defense spending, which could be a big boost for California's once-thriving aerospace industry,
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.
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.
Former CIA Director General David Petraeus said the details hurt spying operations as well as relationships with tech companies.