Ben Bergman Business Reporter

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Ben Bergman reports on business for KPCC, with a focus on media, tech, and sports business.

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. There he helped launch the college's improv and sketch comedy troupes and its campus radio station.

In his free time, Bergman is an avid tennis fan and player and also enjoys working out, skiing, travelling to new places, and cheering on The Seattle Seahawks.


Stories by Ben Bergman

Time Warner willing to bring Dodgers channel to arbitration

Frustrated you can’t watch the Dodgers on TV? So is Sherman Oaks Congressman Brad Sherman, who’s calling for Time Warner and DirecTV to go to binding arbitration.

Clippers sale trial: Judge rules for Donald Sterling's wife

The verdict caps a trial that verged at times on the bizarre, as husband and wife fought a very public battle for control of the NBA team.

Want to run on the field with USC players? You can for $1,500

“It’s USC football," said one former player. "It’s supposed to be honorable in that locker room. I didn’t think you could put a price on that.”

Uber takes credit for big drop in DUIs; police are skeptical

Uber claims to have been responsible for a dramatic decline in DUI arrests, but police are skeptical the drop is the result of ridesharing.

Increase in rent control fee goes to Santa Monica voters

The Rent Control Board says without the increase it faces a $36,000 deficit next fiscal year, which would balloon to $150,000, then close to half a million dollars.

Time Warner exec doubts Dodgers deals will be made this season

A Time Warner executive doubts the company will make deals with pay-TV providers to carry the Dodgers channel this season, meaning most of L.A. won't be able to see games.

Proposed rules bad for ridesharing companies' bottom line

The lucrative business model of ridesharing companies could begin to change if the California Public Utilities Commission approves a set of new regulations Thursday.

Los Angeles has the most unaffordable housing in America

Housing is unaffordable for almost half of L.A.-area households, the highest percentage of any major city in the country, according to a new report.

Whitey Bulger: A lesson in the vanishing policy of rent control

Bulger's rent was criminally low for a Santa Monica two-bedroom on a leafy street two blocks from the ocean, just $1,145 a month. Now the same place is going for $2,972 a month.

With help from Teamsters, LA Uber drivers try to organize

Organizers are expecting up to 500 Uber drivers – supported by Teamsters Local 986 – to hold a demonstration Tuesday morning at the Uber offices in Santa Monica.

A bad sign for Uber? Company lowers rates 25 percent in LA

Uber's steep discounting points out a vulnerability for the company. What is it really selling that couldn't be duplicated by an even lower-cost competitor?

Will second Stanley Cup win make LA a hockey town?

The Kings have never been near the top of the list of LA’s most popular sports teams, but with their second Stanley Cup championship, could that change?

Kings to parade downtown; road closures in effect

“It’s like a Disney dream movie come true," said Eric Jin, who celebrated outside Staples Center. "I’m happy and I’m on cloud nine.” See a map of the parade route here.

CPUC threatens to revoke permits for ridesharing companies

The CPUC is threatening to revoke ridesharing companies' authority to operate in California if they continue to operate illegally at airports.

LA rent crisis: Why aren't there more affordable apartments?

In the second part of KPCC's ongoing series on high rents in L.A., reporter Ben Bergman looks at why there are so few affordable places to live here.