Ben Bergman Senior Reporter, Southern California Economy
Ben Bergman is KPCC's Senior Reporter on the Southern California Economy, the 16th largest economy in the world.
He’s also a frequent contributor to NPR and Marketplace, and is a regular fill-in host on Southern California Pubic Radio’s daily two-hour newsmagazine, Take Two.
Bergman has reported extensively on L.A.’s housing affordability problem, the city’s consideration of a higher minimum wage, the NFL’s possible return to the area, and the cable dispute that has kept most of Southern California unable to see games on TV.
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, travelling to new places, and cheering on The Seattle Seahawks.
Bergman is based at NPR West in Culver City.
Stories by Ben Bergman
During his first campaign rally in Southern California, Trump noted a sharp rise in local crime rates and blamed immigrants. We wanted to check out those claims.
Anti-Trump protesters stormed the streets outside the Pacific Amphitheater where Donald Trump held his first campaign rally in Southern California.
“This is the last thing I want to do, but I don’t see that I have a choice," said Fred Donnelly, president of California Composites.
"He was a singular talent," said Julian's best friend for over three decades, Larry Mantle, host of KPCC's AirTalk. "He is completely irreplaceable."
For decades, aerospace was the backbone of the local economy. That changed when the Cold War ended and thousands lost their jobs. Now, the industry is growing again.
The parent company of Sports Chalet filed for bankruptcy Monday, two days after announcing all its stores are closing, many of which are in Southern California.
Aaron Martinez, a Beverly Hills-based tax advisor for H&R Block, says about half his clients have been coming in, not aware that they have until Monday to file.
The cultivation of medical marijuana exists in a legal grey area and for the next 45 days it's illegal in unincorporated areas of LA county.
Tesla boasts that its Model 3 all-electric sedan broke sales records — not just for a car but for any product ever. Can that possibly be true?
You can expect the state's GDP to grow faster than the nation's as California keeps adding jobs. But the forecast isn't all sunshine.
Despite nationwide declines, manufacturing has held its own in the LA area, with more than 500,000 workers. But to land a job in the future, you'll need new skills.
The number of women-owned businesses has increased across California — especially in one region.
Bidding that could help determine the future of the media landscape in Southern California is expected to start Wednesday. At stake: who owns the OC Register.
Despite signs of economic slowdown, the ports of LA and Long Beach said they lugged more cargo than ever before in February. But a slowdown could be coming.
Both the national and local economic pictures are looking bright, according to new government jobs numbers released Friday morning.