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
Business and civic leader Steve Soboroff sees the team as an attractive acquisition, but for those who say they want to buy the team, there are often other motivations.
“I will be owning an NBA team sometime," Johnson said Wednesday. "Is the Clippers the right situation? Of course. It's one of the premiere franchises."
Oprah Winfrey's spokesperson confirmed she's already in discussions with record-label mogul David Geffen and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison to pool their vast resources for a bid.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti has set up a conversation with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to discuss what the league can do to sanction the embattled Clippers owner.
DirecTV and Time Warner seem to be farther apart then ever, which isn't just bad news for DirecTV subscribers. It's bad for everyone who can't watch the Dodgers.
The company announced it's upgrading its network in Covina, Cypress, Hoover, Crenshaw District, and Jefferson Park. Residential customers in Costa Mesa and West Hollywood have already received upgrades.
Aereo has been trying to make itself seem as significant as possible while strangely, some of the biggest players on the other side have been downplaying the threat.
With rents higher than they've ever been in Southern California, the '30 percent rule' is a distant fantasy, and Southern Californian renters are having to adapt.
The new L.A. Register's first page is heavy on pretty pictures and short on news. Most of the page is taken up by "The Register's guide to L.A.'s rooftop scene."
The USC Marshall School and the USA Today Sports Media Group are partnering to create Fields of Green, a website covering sports business.
In an interview with KPCC, LA Register publisher Aaron Kushner says The Register's local focus and right of center politics will help it stand out from The LA Times.
I talked to a random sampling of fans at Dodger Stadium. None of them get the Dodgers Channel, but most of them aren’t sure who to be mad at.
In what appears to be a negotiating tactic to raise pressure on DirecTV, a Time Warner executive said DirecTV ended negotiations over the Dodgers channel.
Like the Lakers, the Dodgers are trying to broaden their appeal to L.A.’s second biggest minority. There are more than 300,000 Koreans in the greater L.A. area.
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Here's a look at some of the stories we're following on the KPCC business desk today.