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

Cities sue Uber over safety standards

District Attorneys in Los Angeles and San Francisco have sued the ride sharing service Uber over sub-standard background checks on its drivers.

LA home price increases outpace other metropolitan areas

In the last 14 years, Los Angeles home prices have skyrocketed 121 percent, more than any metropolitan area in the country, according to UCLA researchers.

Frustrated LA officials crack down on Uber, AirBnB

L.A. sued Uber and is sending letters to AirBnB hosts reminding them to pay occupancy taxes - signs of frustration by public officials about how to regulate the sharing economy.

Downtown fire: Is developer Geoffrey Palmer destroying LA? Or is he a hero?

One thing's for sure: The controversial Palmer has accumulated a massive real estate portfolio, including the seven-story building destroyed in a spectacular Monday fire.

Sony employees 'on edge' after threatening email

Nearly two weeks after Sony Pictures was hit by a massive cyberattack, staff received an email, purportedly from the hackers, threatening employees and their families.

Why was Larry Elder fired from KABC? Station won't tell him

Libertarian radio host Larry Elder - who called himself 'The Sage from South Central' - was a fixture at KABC for nearly two decades, until he was abruptly fired.

Beutner says LA Times must transform for digital age

The new LA Times publisher told local leaders it costs $75 million a year to run the newsroom, an expense the digital side is still far from being able to support.

Sony hack: FBI issues new warning about data-destroying malware

The FBI issued an alert to businesses, obtained by KPCC, warning to be prepared for an attack of malware, or malicious software, that wipes computers clean.

Sony hack: FBI confirms it's investigating leak of 5 films (updated)

Following the hack — which compelled the studio to shut down its email and other systems — at least five of the studio's feature films appeared on file-sharing sites.

Why do shoppers camp out for Black Friday?

"It's not quite as insane as it looks" a consumer psychologist said. For Black Friday campers, the line is part of the thrill of the hunt.

Regulators to inspect bus company that crashed twice Sunday

Inspectors had recently given Othello, Wa.-based Yellow Arrow Lines a violation order, pulling a driver off the road. The company has had few inspections.

Obama's immigration plan doesn't fix tech hiring problems

The executive order couldn't do what tech companies want most - increase the quota of H1-B visas allowing U.S. companies to hire highly skilled foreign workers.

Dodgers hire 'Moneyball' protege Farhan Zaidi as GM

Zaidi is Muslim, grew up in the Philippines, went to MIT for his undergrad and got a Ph.D. in behavioral economics from Berkeley.

LA's more labor-friendly Board of Supervisors stirs concerns

The LA Chamber of Commerce warned that supervisor candidate Sheila Kuehl answered to pro-labor interests. With her in office, they strike a more conciliatory tone.

LA's Internet cost, speed ranked among the worst worldwide

Checking in with the co-author of "The Cost of Connectivity" report, L.A. shows up near the bottom of the heap, for slow Internet speeds and high-cost plans.