Ben Bergman Senior Reporter, Southern California Economy

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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

US hiring slowed in September, but better news expected for California

The Labor Department released its employment report Friday morning, and the news was disappointing to many, but economists predict a sunnier picture in California.

Why it’s so hard to pass effective gun control laws

Lasting gun legislation will take an act of congress, says one expert, but mustering enough support is difficult.

Peeple, Yelp for humans: App for 'horrible people'

Maybe you've written a review for a restaurant or hotel you loved - or hated. Well, now you can do that for your friend - or enemy.

Silicon Beach: 80 percent of office space in Playa Vista occupied by tech

Playa Vista is Santa Monica's neighbor to the south. Once an industrial hub, the community's lower rents and open space is attracting the biggest names in tech.

Report: LA housing market not a bubble, despite high prices

The latest forecast from UCLA analysts said L.A. is actually in the middle of a steady housing market recovery, not a bubble.

Amidst downturn, Shanghai tries to lure LA investors

As Chinese President Xi Jinping continued his U.S. tour Thursday, officials from Shanghai tried to sell Southern California investors on China’s biggest city.

Jobs are up in the Inland Empire, but wages are down

LA county's neighbor to the east gained 200,000 jobs since 2007. More people are working in logistics warehouses where goods from overseas are boxed and transported.

Future of Water: Technology to help Calif. farms stretch every drop

High-tech drip irrigation is taking hold on California farms. But there's a paradox: the more water that technology saves, the more incentive farmers have to plant more crops.

Will LA be signing a 'blank check' to host the Olympics?

As the new Olympic committee meets at City Hall, an internal report questions the cost to host the 2024 Games and recommends more council oversight.

California's financial support for 2024 LA Olympics in question

In a pitch to the U.S. Olympic Committee, L.A. officials said Gov. Brown expressed support for a state "financial guarantee" for the Games. Now it's not clear Brown made the statement.

Why is a Chinese company making cars in Southern California?

For the first time since GM left Van Nuys in 1992, cars will be rolling off an assembly line in Southern California. And this time, they're electric.

California agriculture industry growing despite drought

The lead author of a study on the drought's economic impact on California says the state is faring "much better than many had predicted.” How is that possible?

Why falling yuan is good for importers, bad for tour operators

The value of China’s currency has seen its biggest drop in decades, which could have big implications for businesses here in Southern California, both good and bad.

Would a 2024 Olympics boost the LA economy?

The Olympics do bring new visitors to town, but they also displace other activities that would have generated economic impact.

2024 Los Angeles Olympics would cost $4.1 billion

Los Angeles would be on the hook for any cost overruns, though city officials are projecting a surplus.