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

Unusual coalition opposes 2-year LA development moratorium

The Neighborhood Integrity Initiative is strongly opposed by an unusual coalition of business groups, labor leaders, developers and homeless advocates.

LA home prices may finally cool off next year

The median price of a home in LA is $583,500. That's up 7 percent from last year. But economists expect prices to level off next year.

Blue Cut Fire puts the brakes on truckers, trains

Thousands of semi-trucks and trains move goods through the Cajon Pass each day. With that corridor closed, cargo is being diverted.

America's fastest-growing private company is in northeast LA

It's called Loot Crate, a monthly subscription company that sends comic book goodies to fans. The company's owner says he chose the east side to keep costs down.

Rams add seats before Saturday's first preseason game

The team added a couple hundred seats for Saturday’s Cowboys game in the upper reaches of the L.A. Memorial Coliseum; some are still available.

Customer surveys are everywhere. Is that a good thing?

​Buy a new car, take Uber, have a cable TV technician to your house – you're going to be asked to rate your experience - and to give a high score.

Learning lessons in Rio for a 2024 Olympics in Los Angeles

While most people will be focused on the competition, one planner will be viewing the games as a learning opportunity to prepare a 2024 L.A. Olympics.

Bus company has long history of vehicle maintenance problems

The company has a long history of maintenance violations and was under review by authorities. The bus involved in Tuesday's accident had recently been cited.

How does wildfire insurance work in California? (FAQ)

This week's fires are not the first, nor will they be the last of this fire season. So, we wanted to help answer some common questions about fire insurance.

Why Airbnb has paid $20,000 to the city of Santa Monica

A year after enacting some of the strictest short-term rental restrictions in the nation, Santa Monica is fining residents and online platforms for violating its law.

Nothing gloomy about June's jobs numbers in LA County

Unemployment is at its lowest rate in 9 years. Employers added 122,500 more jobs in the past year. Many were in education, health care, hospitality and business.

Why the Dollar Shave Club deal is a win for Silicon Beach

Unilever's reported $1 billion acquisition of The Dollar Shave Club is a huge shot in the arm for L.A.'s small but growing tech industry.

Los Angeles reaches agreement with Airbnb. What's next?

Starting in August when you rent an Airbnb in L.A., you'll pay a 14 percent tax at checkout. It's expected to generate $5 million in city tax revenue for homeless services.

Why the Teamsters changed their stance on legalizing pot

Campaign records show the California Teamsters donated $25,000 in March to the Coalition for Responsible Drug Policies, an anti-legalization group. Now, they say, they're neutral on the issue.

Why Vladimir Putin wants a Hyperloop in Russia

When Elon Musk first introduced the Hyperloop, he talked about zipping passengers through tubes from San Francisco to L.A. But the project could be built overseas first.