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

Bus company behind bus that crashed in Baldwin Park had checkered past

The company that operates a tour bus that crashed Monday morning on its way back from a casino, injuring 13, had raised safety concerns at the CHP. Drivers for the company were pulled over for inspections 17 times over the past two years.

Umami Burger plots global expansion

“It wasn’t designed to be a small brand,” said Umami founder and CEO Adam Fleischman. “It was designed to be global brand from the outset."

Fisher-Price iPad baby seat: Dangerous? A joke? What do you think?

Fisher-Price promises the seat will “stimulate and engage baby…while protecting your iPad from sticky fingers.” Critics say they can't imagine a worse idea. What's your take?

Want tickets to the BCS Championship or Rose Bowl? Wait

Both games are already sold-out, but in the ticket resale market, prices are going in opposite directions compared to last year.

Economist: Southern California 'worst' place in US to rent

An economist said the standard advice that no more than 30 percent of monthly income should be devoted to rent is simply not realistic for most people in Southern California.

Ride-share service Uber delivered Christmas trees for a day — for $135

Uber, normally a ride-sharing company, allowed customers to order Christmas trees in 10 U.S. cities Thursday, in partnership with The Home Depot.

'Cord cutting' drives Time Warner to offer deals

Time Warner promotes cable TV with HBO for $29.99 a month

Ruling in Detroit bankruptcy could be felt in California

A decision by a U.S. bankruptcy judge in Michigan earlier this week could have far-reaching implications for municipal workers and cities in California.

USC football: A delicate dance to keep big donors happy

USC introduced new football coach Steve Sarkisian to members of the media Tuesday. To succeed he will have to not only win over reporters – but also big donors.

Can coach Sarkisian restore a Trojans football dynasty?

Steve Sarkisian has been chosen to lead the USC Trojans, the school announced Monday. Interim coach Ed Orgeron has quit.

USC vs UCLA: The backstory on LA's classic college rivalry

The two schools are neck and neck in the Pac-12, with UCLA ranked 22nd and USC ranked 23rd. Both coaches have a lot to prove in the rivalry game at the LA Coliseum.

NFL RedZone: Friend or foe to broadcast networks?

"The networks didn't want RedZone and I think it remains something they worry about every single year," said a former NFL executive.

NFL Redzone: Why watch one game when you can watch eight?

RedZone cuts between every Sunday NFL game, showing every scoring play. “People tell us they get the impression they’re almost watching something they shouldn’t be.”

Investor Daniel Loeb thrusts Sony cost-cutting into the spotlight

Daniel Loeb didn’t attend Sony’s first-ever “entertainment investor day”, but his campaign to break up the company was very much at issue during the Culver City event.

Deal to purchase Riverside Press-Enterprise finally closes

A deal that appeared in jeopardy has finally been completed. The parent company of the OC Register has purchased The Press-Enterprise in Riverside.