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

DWP opens its doors for 'Bill Resolution Saturdays'

At one service center, there was a ratio of more than a dozen DWP workers to every customer, resulting in a level of customer service rarely seen from a city bureaucracy.

In Australia, MLB sees a test-case for international expansion

Major League Baseball has been trying to spread America's pastime to Australia – and the world – since 1888. It now owns a majority stake in the Australian Baseball League.

Dodgers president optimistic channel will strike deals

Distributors have said Time Warner is asking for far too much money. Still, Dodgers President Stan Kasten told KPCC he expects the channel to get picked up.

At tech conference, speed dating for start-ups

What company will break through as the next Google or Twitter? Hundreds of investors have been gathering in Santa Monica, trying to find the next smash start-up.

Google Chairman expresses frustration with NSA

Google has publicly opposed the government’s collection of metadata. Schmidt is now part of a White House panel that will make new recommendations.

SXSW of Santa Monica? OASIS Summit attracts top tech investors

What it lacks in size, Santa Monica’s OASIS: The Montgomery Summit tries to make up for with an alluring pitch: We might make you very rich.

Data breaches affected 21.3 million Californians in last 2 years

State Attorney General Kamala Harris on Thursday said she would elevate cybersecurity as a key focus of the state's top crime-fighting agency.

Pete Carroll says he wouldn't have left USC had he known about sanctions

Super-bowl winning coach Pete Carroll told KPCC in an interview that he "wouldn't have been able to leave" USC had he known about the NCAA sanctions centered on Reggie Bush.

Health care surcharge riles customers at top LA eatery

Republique has been called the city’s hottest new restaurant, but it also might be the most controversial because of a three-percent surcharge added to every tab.

CNN Latino says adios

Two high-profile outlets catering to Latino audiences have called it quits. KPCC's Leslie Berestein Rojas explains what this means for the news outlets trying to cater to that growing market.

Can Magic Johnson save the LA Sparks?

The Dodgers' ownership group turned around the team quicker than anyone expected, but MLB isn’t the WNBA, which hasn’t just been losing money, but also teams.

Dodgers season ticket prices hiked as much as 140 percent

The Los Angeles Dodgers re-opened season ticket sales on an “extremely limited basis," this time with prices as much 140 percent higher.

Can new California Sunday Magazine succeed?

Promising “unforgettable reported storytelling," the new magazine will be inserted into the Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Sacramento Bee.

Company tied to Rams owner Kroenke buys LA land

Team officials on Friday confirmed the recent purchase of a 60-acre site near the Forum indoor arena in Inglewood amid speculation of a possible return of the Rams to L.A.

Super Bowl XLVIII: Best sports bars to watch the game in Southern California

Whether you're a Broncos or Seahawks fan, or only care about watching Bruno Mars' at halftime, here are the best places to catch The Super Bowl in Southern California.