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 Public 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 St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 3-2 in Game 4 of the National League Division Series, knocking the Los Angeles Dodgers out of the playoffs in St. Louis.
With apartment vacancy rates falling, the price of a rental unit has increased in L.A. County four years in a row. Last year saw some of the steepest hikes.
The multi-day conference attracted more than 300 urban leaders, economists, designers and mayors from as far away as Jerusalem and as close as LA and Santa Monica.
The three-day program features the mayors of Jerusalem, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Pittsburgh, along with urban planners and innovation leaders.
At the end of a season blacked out for many Southern Californians, KPCC's Ben Bergman picks winners and losers in the Dodgers TV dispute.
The study, published in the online journal Demographic Research, found Asians have the highest per capita household income in the U.S.
"These numbers paint a bleak picture for California,” said Marybeth Mattingly, a researcher at Stanford University’s Center on Poverty and Inequality.
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
The company cited the need to operate as efficiently as possible, which could be translated as: "We need to protect ourselves against Rupert Murdoch."
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 Edmunds.com.
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.