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 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
The L.A. City Council has limited control over the budget anyway, 45 percent of which is restricted. Police and fire gobble up 69 percent of what they do control.
Saying it was an opportunity too good to wait on, Inglewood’s City Council decided Tuesday night to approve a proposal for an 80,000-seat NFL stadium outright.
At the center of a months-long labor dispute is the ILWU. Never mind car manufacturers, just ask shop owners in San Pedro how powerful it is.
We talk about sports a lot, and we pay a lot of attention to them, but when it comes to the economic benefits teams generate, the impact is minuscule.
Increasing delays in moving cargo are getting costly for California exporters, especially for growers, which are experiencing the worst delays in 13 years.
The Los Angeles County registrar's office verified more than 11,000 signatures to put the approval of the stadium before the city's voters.
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are temporarily suspending upcoming weekend and holiday operations as negotiations with the longshoremen's union continue to drag on.
A weekend stoppage caused the worst delays the ports have seen in over a decade – a queue of 31 ships – according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California.
Since Gina Marie Lindsey, Executive Director of the Los Angeles World Airports, started in 2007, passenger traffic has grown by 15 percent.
“It’s very possible we may have seen the last of two dollar gasoline in the near term,” said Carl Larry director of oil and gas at consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.
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.
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.
Los Angeles fared the worst as far as seasonally adjusted year-to-year job gains among California's major metropolitan areas.
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.
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.