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

Another week, another minimum wage study

Leaders in Long Beach say they will move forward with plans to raise the city's minimum wage. But first, a team of economists will study the potential impacts.

What would a Los Angeles 2024 Olympics look like?

Fencing at the Microsoft Theater? Taekwondo at Walt Disney Concert Hall? These could be some of the venues for a 2024 Olympic Games in L.A.

Could LA host the Olympics without breaking the bank?

Any city that hosts the 2024 games must agree that the additional hosting costs, which in recent years have been in the billions, will be covered by taxpayers.

Pasadena City Council to discuss $15 minimum wage

Pasadena’s new mayor, Terry Tornek, has expressed strong support for a $15 wage, though he doesn’t know if that support is shared by his colleagues.

California construction industry braces for El Niño

"We're getting more and more attentive to the projections," said Tom Holsman, CEO of the Associated General Contractors of California.

LA County raises minimum wage in unincorporated areas

County supervisors followed L.A. city leaders in increasing the county's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. The decision will affect those who work in unincorporated areas of the county.

Drought won't dry up California economy in the short term

The credit agency Moody's says the drought has primarily hurt farmers, but agriculture only represents a tiny part of the state’s overall economy.

Would a California 'gas bank' reduce price spikes?

L.A.'s gasoline supply is low because fewer petroleum tankers have docked at local ports recently. One analyst says we should bank gasoline to weather these times.

LA gas prices just had their biggest weekly spike in history

Since a refinery explosion in Torrance in February, Southern California has been more reliant on imported gasoline, but last week tankers bypassed local ports.

Why you're paying more for gasoline this week

A gallon of gas in Southern California climbed 67 cents in the past week to $4.22, according to the site GasBuddy, which blames stalled ships that import fuel.

For landscapers, the drought boom may be over

State rebates have spurred locals to replace their lawns with drought-tolerant plants. It's been big business for landscapers, but now the money has dried up.

Why China's stock market crash might have a local upside

"We may see what is already an established presence of Chinese investment in Southern California continue to grow,” said one economist.

The case for Anaheim's Disneyland deal: Ticket taxes could hurt draw

Economists say Disney has a huge economic impact on Southern California, though that doesn't necessarily mean it should not be subject to an admissions tax.

How Export-Import Bank shutdown could affect SoCal businesses

The obscure bank's sudden shutdown is already being felt in California, where Ex-Im Bank supported 702 businesses between 2009-2014 with loans of $18.6 billion.

Half of LA County residents won't see $15 minimum wage — yet

Even if L.A. County bumps up wages in unincorporated areas, in some cases, what you get paid could depend on what side of the street you work on.