Ben Bergman Business Reporter

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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

Despite DA's protest, Lake Forest repeals sex offender law

Lake Forest repealed a controversial law banning registered sex offenders from city parks, despite opposition from the Orange County District Attorney.

Despite D.A.'s protest, Lake Forest repeals sex offender law

Lake Forest repealed a controversial law banning registered sex offenders from city parks, despite opposition from the Orange County District Attorney.

Lawyer wants Hermosillo murder charge dismissed

Sonia Hermosillo's attorney says a lack of evidence was presented at the preliminary hearing; otherwise, her client will plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

Bankrupt Kodak ending Disneyland sponsorship

Kodak – one of three remaining founding sponsors of Disneyland – will stop advertising at the theme park at the end of the year.

Orange County woman dies of West Nile virus (UPDATED)

The Tustin woman, who was in her 60s, died last week due to the mosquito-borne virus. West Nile is passed through the bite of an infected mosquito.

Mother accused of throwing son to his death to be arraigned

A mother charged with murder for throwing her 7-month-old son from a roof more than two years ago is set to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

Angels reportedly sign Josh Hamilton to $125 million deal

Multiple outlets are reporting the Angels have landed the biggest prize of the offseason, signing slugger Josh Hamilton to a 5-year contract.

Santa Ana group seeks volunteers to help with 'motel kids' party

Grandma's House of Hope is looking for volunteers to help with cooking, crowd control, and wrapping presents for a party it's throwing for "motel children."

Orange County has one of the lowest unemployment rates in CA

At 7.1 percent, Orange County has one of the lowest unemployment rates in California. Lots of employers are hiring, including Disneyland.

Prosecutors secure gang injunction against Stanton gang

Orange County prosecutors have secured a gang injunction that clamps down on a west Orange County street gang in Stanton.

Despite threats to the annual boat parade, Newport Beach passes dock fee

Despite threats to boycott the city's famous Christmas boat parade, The Newport Beach city council has approved a new dock fee.

Prayers and hymns welcome the new Bishop of Orange

Kevin W. Vann became the fourth Bishop of Orange in an elaborate ceremony Monday at a cavernous UC Irvine basketball arena transformed into a grand cathedral.

Forum addresses increased crime against OC African-Americans

Amidst an uptick in hate crimes against African-Americans in Orange County, members of the community are invited to take part in a “listening session."

Inland Empire terror suspects plead 'not guilty'

Three Inland Empire men accused of plotting violent Jihad and wanting to join Al-Qaeda pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a Riverside courtroom.

Is the LA port strike costing $1 billion a day? Don't count on it

Retailers are asking for White House help to end the strike while one economist questions the frequently quoted estimate of economic damage.