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
The Seattle and Broncos will be facing off in Super Bowl XLVIII this weekend. Here in Southern California, there will also be a contest of two rival sports bars.
Casino buses are part of a booming business in California, but as these buses have soared in popularity, a KPCC investigation found regulation has become more lax.
Tour buses can now be found in almost every casino parking lot in California. A recent string of accidents has raised questions about safety.
The USDA said it found “egregious insanitary conditions” at the Livingston plant, with inspectors seeing cockroaches on five separate visits in recent months.
Most visitors, by far, came from elsewhere in the U.S. (36 million) but of the 6.2 million who visited from abroad, most came from China.
The 2013 Rose Bowl and Rose Parade generated more than $300 million in economic activity. They are especially beneficial because most attendees are from out of town.
A third of the 712,000 people who receive unemployment benefits in California are long-term unemployed whose federal extensions are scheduled to run out Saturday.
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.
“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 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?
Both games are already sold-out, but in the ticket resale market, prices are going in opposite directions compared to last year.
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.
Uber, normally a ride-sharing company, allowed customers to order Christmas trees in 10 U.S. cities Thursday, in partnership with The Home Depot.
Time Warner promotes cable TV with HBO for $29.99 a month
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.