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

Some local bar owners will put debate on the big screen

Tonight's debate is expected to draw up to 100 million viewers. That anticipation has convinced some bar owners to switch off football for the night.

Vin Scully's final game at Dodger Stadium

As long as the Dodgers have been in Los Angeles, one voice has been associated with the team —Vin Scully. He will broadcast his final home game on Sunday.

The weekend Dodgers fans have dreaded is here

It's time to say goodbye to Vin Scully, the legendary Dodgers announcer of 67 years. The team will honor him throughout his last weekend calling games at Dodger stadium.

A Nation Engaged: Will the bump in minimum wage raise people out of poverty?

By 2020, LA minimum wage will hit $15 and hour. KPCC's Ben Bergman spoke to workers in Seattle, where hourly pay has already been raised.

Updated Olympics plan includes more OC and Long Beach venues

Los Angeles' Olympic bid committee released additional details Thursday about where specific sports would be played if LA is awarded the 2024 Games next year.

Ticket prices for Rams home opener have fallen 38 percent

The game is sold out but the resale market is taking a hit. The average price for Sunday's game is $240, down 38% since Aug. according to ticket tracking site TiqIQ.

LA has more people in poverty than any big city, Census says

LA is one of America's poorest major cities, with nearly 16 percent of its residents living below the poverty line. For a family of 4, that's an income below $24,250.

At least 1 Hanjin ship gets permission to unload

More than a week after Hanjin Co filed for bankruptcy, a federal bankruptcy judge issued an order Friday afternoon to prevent creditors from seizing Hanjin ships.

Wells Fargo fined $185 million for improper account openings

After illegally opening millions of unauthorized accounts for customers, Wells Fargo is paying $185 million in civil penalties, including $50 million to the city and county of Los Angeles.

What will become of the stranded Hanjin ships

The shipping company's bankruptcy has stalled ships around the world, but one Port of Long Beach executive expects movement this week.

LA importers scramble in wake of Hanjin bankruptcy

U.S. businesses who planned to use Hanjin cargo ships to transport their goods are finding that competing carriers have limited space and are charging more for it.

Why the Hanjin bankruptcy is hurting SoCal importers

The bankruptcy of one of the world’s largest shipping lines is being felt at local ports and beyond as retailers wait for millions of dollars in goods just offshore.

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.