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 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

What can LA learn from Seattle's higher minimum wage?

A study finds it has not meant fewer jobs in Seattle's restaurant industry. It's unclear if the July 1 increase to $12 in L.A. County will lead to a similar outcome.

San Bernardino: Out of bankruptcy but not out of the woods

The city will now start paying its creditors. A leading economist says it will struggle to rebuild its tax base - the average resident only earns $38,000 a year.

Rams, Chargers and now Clippers? Inglewood approves arena talks

"This is like a promise ring that we hope will lead to an engagement that we hope will lead to a marriage," said Inglewood Mayor James Butts.

Uncertainty towers over LA foreign investors summit

Hundreds of global investors — from Azerbaijan to New Zealand — are in town for a summit where they'll hear pitches from local companies needing capital.

UCLA Anderson Forecast: 'Winter is coming' to California

Echoing 'Game of Thrones,' the forecast warns an eventual recession could hit hard because income taxes, a key revenue source, won't generate as much for the state.

IOC president says don't count Los Angeles out for 2024

The IOC's executive board votes to simultaneously award the 2024 and 2028 Games in September. Its president disputes the notion that Paris will get 2024 and L.A. 2028.

IOC panel to vote on dual 2024/2028 Olympics bid

The IOC's executive board meets in Switzerland Friday to vote on a proposal to award the 2024 and 2028 Olympics at the same time. L.A. may get the later games.

Why LA is on the verge of getting the Olympics again

A focus on reinvention, tech and youth serves as a stark contrast to old-world Paris. Almost every venue is already built. And L.A. says it can do it on the cheap.

Mayor Garcetti confirms LA in talks to host 2028 Olympics

Garcetti said he's in talks with the IOC to let Paris host the 2024 Olympics and have L.A. wait until 2028 in exchange for the IOC funding youth sports programs.

For a change, gas prices aren't too high this Memorial Day

The average price of a gallon of unleaded is hovering just above $3 a gallon in the Los Angeles area this Memorial Day. Two years ago, it was close to $4 a gallon.

With home prices out of reach, buyers turn to parents for help

As the number of new mortgages drops elsewhere, Southern California is a notable exception. A growing number of buyers are using a second borrower to co-sign.

LA philanthropist and media mogul Jerry Perenchio dies at 86

The reclusive onetime talent agent who became one of the richest men in America with an early bet on Univision, died after a five-month battle with lung cancer.

Why rents in LA's suburbs are rising faster than in urban areas

One reason: Older millennials who can't afford to buy are looking for safe areas with good schools and space for their kids.

A costly delay: Rams, Chargers stadium opening delayed to 2020

A yearlong delay for the Rams and Chargers to move into their new home in Inglewood will likely cost the teams tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue.

Olympic evaluators praise LA but will LA get the bid?

The problem for Los Angeles is that the evaluation commission is now flying to Paris to evaluate that city’s bid, which is also considered very strong.