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 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

Amidst downturn, Shanghai tries to lure LA investors

As Chinese President Xi Jinping continued his U.S. tour Thursday, officials from Shanghai tried to sell Southern California investors on China’s biggest city.

Jobs are up in the Inland Empire, but wages are down

LA county's neighbor to the east gained 200,000 jobs since 2007. More people are working in logistics warehouses where goods from overseas are boxed and transported.

Future of Water: Technology to help Calif. farms stretch every drop

High-tech drip irrigation is taking hold on California farms. But there's a paradox: the more water that technology saves, the more incentive farmers have to plant more crops.

Will LA be signing a 'blank check' to host the Olympics?

As the new Olympic committee meets at City Hall, an internal report questions the cost to host the 2024 Games and recommends more council oversight.

California's financial support for 2024 LA Olympics in question

In a pitch to the U.S. Olympic Committee, L.A. officials said Gov. Brown expressed support for a state "financial guarantee" for the Games. Now it's not clear Brown made the statement.

Why is a Chinese company making cars in Southern California?

For the first time since GM left Van Nuys in 1992, cars will be rolling off an assembly line in Southern California. And this time, they're electric.

California agriculture industry growing despite drought

The lead author of a study on the drought's economic impact on California says the state is faring "much better than many had predicted.” How is that possible?

Why falling yuan is good for importers, bad for tour operators

The value of China’s currency has seen its biggest drop in decades, which could have big implications for businesses here in Southern California, both good and bad.

Would a 2024 Olympics boost the LA economy?

The Olympics do bring new visitors to town, but they also displace other activities that would have generated economic impact.

2024 Los Angeles Olympics would cost $4.1 billion

Los Angeles would be on the hook for any cost overruns, though city officials are projecting a surplus.

Trading desks for beds in downtown LA

For decades, downtown LA has been known as a place to work. That's becoming an outdated notion, as a wave of condo construction takes hold.

Ontario Airport: Deal struck to return airport to local control

L.A. and Ontario have made an agreement to return Ontario International Airport to local control, avoiding further litigation in a suit that was set for later this month.

Another week, another minimum wage study

Leaders in Long Beach say they will move forward with plans to raise the city's minimum wage. But first, a team of economists will study the potential impacts.

What would a Los Angeles 2024 Olympics look like?

Fencing at the Microsoft Theater? Taekwondo at Walt Disney Concert Hall? These could be some of the venues for a 2024 Olympic Games in L.A.

Could LA host the Olympics without breaking the bank?

Any city that hosts the 2024 games must agree that the additional hosting costs, which in recent years have been in the billions, will be covered by taxpayers.