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

Why unions lead the $15 minimum wage fight, though few members will benefit

It's unlikely most of the workers benefiting from higher minimum wages will ever be part of organized labor, but the fight could help the struggling labor movement in other ways.

Potential NFL stadium could be on Inglewood ballot by summer

Developers looking to build the stadium submit more than double the signatures needed to qualify a ballot initiative to speed the permit process for the facility.

Want a job in LA? Be a nurse, don't work in manufacturing

Los Angeles fared the worst as far as seasonally adjusted year-to-year job gains among California's major metropolitan areas.

Can Uber lower fares and have its drivers make more money?

For the first time, Uber will guarantee its partners – as it calls them - an hourly wage of $20 an hour in Los Angeles, or $26 during peak times.

LA residents need to make $33 an hour to afford the average apartment

But most L.A. salaries don't come near that, and raising the minimum wage to $15.25 an hour would not make much of a dent in the affordability problem.

LA and the $15 minimum wage: It all started accidentally at a Washington airport

The first city to enact a $15-an-hour minimum wage was SeaTac, Wash. – a tiny airport town outside Seattle – and it happened largely by accident.

Los Angeles loses 2024 Olympics bid to Boston

The United States Olympic Committee has chosen Boston to represent the U.S. among the finalists bidding to host the 2024 Olympics.

Rose Bowl 2015: Oregon vs Florida State

Thursday’s game will be different than the 100 Rose Bowls played before, because it’s a semifinal kicking off college football’s new playoff four-team playoff, which replaces the much-maligned Bowl Championship Series.

Time Warner Cable adds 'sports fee.' Thank you, Dodgers?

TWC says its cost for cable sports programming has risen 91 percent since 2008. The company's deal to create an all-Dodgers channel cost $8.3 billion.

Transit ridership drops in LA — Are low gas prices to blame?

An average gallon of unleaded regular costs less than $2.75 in Los Angeles. Will cheap gas send transit riders back to their cars?

Sony hack: Obama pledges proportional response; insiders speak out

Employees at Sony learned they'd been victims of a massive hacking operation and the news keeps getting worse. One employee tells KPCC, "We've been outsmarted at every move."

LA Times uncovers worker abuse by supermarket vendors

An LA Times investigation has shown that Whole Foods, Walmart, and other grocers have bought produce from companies that severely mistreat their workers, in Mexico.

Cities sue Uber over safety standards

District Attorneys in Los Angeles and San Francisco have sued the ride sharing service Uber over sub-standard background checks on its drivers.

LA home price increases outpace other metropolitan areas

In the last 14 years, Los Angeles home prices have skyrocketed 121 percent, more than any metropolitan area in the country, according to UCLA researchers.

Frustrated LA officials crack down on Uber, AirBnB

L.A. sued Uber and is sending letters to AirBnB hosts reminding them to pay occupancy taxes - signs of frustration by public officials about how to regulate the sharing economy.