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Ben Bergman reports on business for KPCC, with a focus on media, tech, and sports business.

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. There he helped launch the college's improv and sketch comedy troupes and its campus radio station.

In his free time, Bergman is an avid tennis fan and player and also enjoys working out, skiing, travelling to new places, and cheering on The Seattle Seahawks.

Stories by Ben Bergman

Orange County officials brace for potential $73 million budget gap

The $5.4 billion budget doesn’t include the cuts the county will have to make if it has to pay the state the tens of millions of dollars a judge tentatively ruled it owes.

Panel: Anaheim should vote on district elections for city council

Anaheim voters should decide whether to elect city council members by district, according to a recommendation by the citizens advisory committee, which holds its final meeting tomorrow.

Police search for missing CSU Fullerton student, Iraq War vet

Orange police want the public’s help to find a Cal State Fullerton student and Iraq war veteran who’s been missing since last week. "There's no trace of her," her sister said.

Without San Onofre, a 'potentially very scary summer' for energy supply

"We still have local reliability concerns focused on the LA basin, Southern Orange County, and San Diego County. We’re going to be watching that very closely,” a Cal ISO spokesman said. Read the full report.

Jonah Mowry's journey from bullied teen to YouTube to award winner

Lake Forest teen Jonah Mowry used YouTube to not only stop the constant bullying he faced, but also to become a national advocate. He will now be recognized for his work.

Despite 'nightmare' season, a dream for Lakers broadcasters

This season was the first of a 20-year, $3 billion deal TimeWarner signed with the Lakers. The head of the channel says 'we've overachieved.'

A look inside Disney's effort to hire 3,000 veterans

'Not since World War II has there been a better time to be a veteran,' said Disney's director of veteran hiring at recent Disney-sponsored job fair.

Bill requiring oversight of trampoline parks advances

After complaints about catastrophic injuries, a State Senate committee approves a first-of-its-kind measure to give Cal-OSHA oversight of trampoline parks.

Riverside approves plan to let inmates join fire crews

Riverside will become the first county in California to allow inmates to join state fire fighting crews, after a unanimous vote by county supervisors.

The Congressman will see you now: Rep. Ruiz comes home

Politico says Ruiz's win underscored the theme of the 2012 election: the growing sway of Latinos in American politics. And Ruiz makes sure his office takes care of his constituents.

Coachella 2013 fatigue: Why weekend 2 prices are cheapest ever (UPDATED)

Weak line-up? Second weekend fatigue? A sandstorm? KPCC's Ben Bergman presents three theories about why prices are falling. Weigh-in with your own.

Coachella 2013: A wind storm, mirages, tent parties and art (Photos)

Coachella's eventful first weekend ended with a blinding desert sandstorm.

Coachella 2013: About last night, a giant snail, and how Daft Punk stole the show

KPCC's Ben Bergman sums up the first night's performances with a tidy "Jurassic 5 returns, Stone Roses fall flat."

(Live video) Coachella 2013, 1st weekend, 1st day: Welcome! Now wait in line

Ben Bergman is our man on the ground. Soon the sun will own him, but here is his first, and likely his most lucid, transmission from Indio, CA.

Coachella 2013: Indio wants to share in music festival's success

During the past few years, Indio and Coachella’s fortunes went in opposite directions. That’s made city leaders eager to capitalize on the music festival’s success.