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

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 That's becoming an outdated notion, as a wave of condo construction takes hold.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.

Pasadena City Council to discuss $15 minimum wage

Pasadena’s new mayor, Terry Tornek, has expressed strong support for a $15 wage, though he doesn’t know if that support is shared by his colleagues.

California construction industry braces for El Niño

"We're getting more and more attentive to the projections," said Tom Holsman, CEO of the Associated General Contractors of California.

LA County raises minimum wage in unincorporated areas

County supervisors followed L.A. city leaders in increasing the county's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. The decision will affect those who work in unincorporated areas of the county.

Drought won't dry up California economy in the short term

The credit agency Moody's says the drought has primarily hurt farmers, but agriculture only represents a tiny part of the state’s overall economy.

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.