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 Public 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Minimum wage hikes went into effect in L.A., Pasadena and Santa Monica. Workers went to Grand Park to celebrate and said 50 cents more per hour will add up.
The increase, which goes into effect Friday, is modest – 50 cents for businesses with more than 25 employees – but it's the first in a series of yearly hikes that will top out at $15 an hour by 2020.
It took nine years to make Panama Canal 70 feet wider. It opens Sunday, and will enable larger cargo ships to sail from China to the east coast ports.
L.A. becomes the ninth city in the U.S. to be recognized as a manufacturing hub by the Obama Administration. Supporters say it will attract more business to the region.
There are more than 9,000 foreign-owned companies in Southern California. Those firms employ 366,415 people, according to a new economic report.
County supervisors say tens of thousands of low-income residents are missing out on federal and state tax credits, which can put up to $9000 in their pockets.
For the past seven years, the price of commercial real estate has been climbing. But a new economic forecast from UCLA says that bull run could be ending.
District 5 candidate Kathryn Barger and District 4 contender Janice Hahn were leading their respective races early Wednesday morning.
The L.A. city council voted to give almost $200 million worth of tax subsidies to a developer building a four-star hotel complex downtown.
The area will see 1.5 percent annual employment growth over the next five years, but many of the job gains will come in positions that don't pay well, according to a new economic forecast.