Ben Bergman Senior Reporter, Southern California Economy

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Ben Bergman is KPCC's Senior Reporter on the Southern California Economy.

He’s a frequent contributor to NPR and Marketplace, and often hosts Southern California Public Radio’s daily two-hour newsmagazine, Take Two, as well as Morning Edition and major breaking news coverage for the station.

Bergman has reported extensively on the NFL's return to Los Angeles after a 20 year absence, the campaign to bring the 2024 Olympics to Southern California, L.A.’s housing affordability problem, and the city’s adoption of a $15 minimum wage.

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, traveling to new places, and cheering on The Seattle Seahawks.

Stories by Ben Bergman

Would a California 'gas bank' reduce price spikes?

L.A.'s gasoline supply is low because fewer petroleum tankers have docked at local ports recently. One analyst says we should bank gasoline to weather these times.

LA gas prices just had their biggest weekly spike in history

Since a refinery explosion in Torrance in February, Southern California has been more reliant on imported gasoline, but last week tankers bypassed local ports.

With the power out, Long Beach businesses struggle

Power outages in Long Beach are an inconvenience residents, but for local businesses, they can bring thousands of dollars in losses.

Why you're paying more for gasoline this week

A gallon of gas in Southern California climbed 67 cents in the past week to $4.22, according to the site GasBuddy, which blames stalled ships that import fuel.

For landscapers, the drought boom may be over

State rebates have spurred locals to replace their lawns with drought-tolerant plants. It's been big business for landscapers, but now the money has dried up.

Why China's stock market crash might have a local upside

"We may see what is already an established presence of Chinese investment in Southern California continue to grow,” said one economist.

The case for Anaheim's Disneyland deal: Ticket taxes could hurt draw

Economists say Disney has a huge economic impact on Southern California, though that doesn't necessarily mean it should not be subject to an admissions tax.

How Export-Import Bank shutdown could affect SoCal businesses

The obscure bank's sudden shutdown is already being felt in California, where Ex-Im Bank supported 702 businesses between 2009-2014 with loans of $18.6 billion.

Half of LA County residents won't see $15 minimum wage — yet

Even if L.A. County bumps up wages in unincorporated areas, in some cases, what you get paid could depend on what side of the street you work on.

LA selects design firm to make over convention center

Updating the convention center has been a high priority for city leaders because L.A. has fallen behind other cities in the competition for big conventions.

LA clothing makers worry about Trans-Pacific Partnership

The TPP has also created a rift in the apparel industry - between big, national companies and smaller ones in Southern California.

What effect would the imperiled TPP have in California?

Drug manufacturers, major software makers and movie studios have been among the biggest supporters of the TPP, which is now facing major challenges.

California gas prices down, despite Santa Barbara spill

Even with an Exxon facility operating at partial capacity, analysts say it will have little impact on gas prices in California.

Santa Monica accelerates passage of higher minimum wage

“Los Angeles moved a bit faster than we thought, and while they didn’t flesh out their ordinance entirely, they certainly spurred us to move more quickly,” said Mayor McKeown.

Drought could make wine more flavorful, but also pricier

High-end wines benefit from less water, so winemakers say this could turn out to be a banner year for California’s top labels.