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

LA is one of the poorest big cities in the nation, Census says

"These numbers paint a bleak picture for California,” said Marybeth Mattingly, a researcher at Stanford University’s Center on Poverty and Inequality.

New bill puts brakes on Lyft, Uber ridesharing loophole

AB-2293, signed into law Wednesday by Governor Jerry Brown, paves the way for insurance companies to offer hybrid personal/commercial policies by next summer.

NASA picks Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts

NASA has awarded Boeing and SpaceX contracts to transport astronauts to the International Space Station. For SpaceX, it’s a big victory as well as a big challenge.

LA Rent: Has rent control been successful in Los Angeles?

A study found a third of renters didn’t know or were wrong about whether their units were rent-controlled. But in a city rated among the least affordable for renters, is it time to rethink the approach?

LA job growth falling behind other cities, says study

A study says more people were employed in L.A. in 1990 than are now, even though almost half a million more people live here.

Hiring in Los Angeles expected to lag rest of state

Employers know that candidates might be receiving lots of job offers, so they’re having to offer more generous wages and benefits to attract employees.

Why Warner Bros is cutting jobs: Call it the 'Murdoch defense'

The company cited the need to operate as efficiently as possible, which could be translated as: "We need to protect ourselves against Rupert Murdoch."

Why are electric vehicle sales slowing down?

Car sales as a whole are up 5% this year but it’s the inverse for electric car sales, which are off 4.8%, according to a new analysis from

LA minimum wage hike could affect 4 in 10 LA workers, boost economy

A UC Berkeley study found that 567,000 workers – 37 percent of L.A.'s salaried and hourly non-government workers – would get a raise if the minimum wage is increased to $13.25.

1 in 6 jobs in California construction part of underground economy

The study from the Economic Roundtable found the number of construction workers in the underground economy has increased 400-percent since 1972.

LA's Garcetti has big concerns about Time Warner/Comcast deal

In his letter, Mayor Garcetti stopped short of opposing the merger, but he wrote that the FCC needs to put in place significant safeguards before it approves the deal.

For California, Bank of America settlement might not be as good as it seems

Bank of America reached the largest government settlement in American history Thursday, but for California, the deal might not be as good as it seems.

Study: OC has shortfall of 118,895 affordable homes

When it comes to affordable housing, Orange County isn't as bad as Los Angeles county, but it's still pretty bad.

Anheuser-Busch chooses Dodger Stadium to debut Mexican import

The megabrewer is billing the launch of Montejo as its first import from Mexico. It also says this is the first time a major new beer has made its debut at a sports venue.

LA rent: New UCLA study confirms LA is least affordable city in US

A new study shows that the average renter in Los Angeles devotes 47 percent of his or her paycheck to rent.