Ben Bergman Senior Reporter, Southern California Economy

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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 Pubic 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

Dodger fans not sure who to blame in Time Warner dispute

I talked to a random sampling of fans at Dodger Stadium. None of them get the Dodgers Channel, but most of them aren’t sure who to be mad at.

Time Warner: DirecTV 'walked away' from Dodgers negotiations

In what appears to be a negotiating tactic to raise pressure on DirecTV, a Time Warner executive said DirecTV ended negotiations over the Dodgers channel.

Dodgers first MLB team airing all games in Korean on TV

Like the Lakers, the Dodgers are trying to broaden their appeal to L.A.’s second biggest minority. There are more than 300,000 Koreans in the greater L.A. area.

In SoCal business news: LA county losing jobs, LA Daily News on the block?, Disney's billion-dollar bracelet

Here's a look at some of the stories we're following on the KPCC business desk today.

FAQ: Why two-thirds of LA can't see the Dodgers on TV

Sportsnet LA has been on for more than a month, but lots of fans only want to watch starting today, when the first of many games will be played that are only available on the channel.

A March Madness for cybersecurity

Facebook, Tesla, and Raytheon signed on as sponsors of this year’s competition, which Manson says reflects a growing demand in corporate America for cyber warriors.

Forbes: Dodgers' value increased 24 percent

Interestingly, $2 billion is roughly what the team was purchased for two years ago, at a price that many lambasted as wildly inflated.

ABC news chief Sherwood is new Disney TV chairman (Updated)

Ben Sherwood will replace Anne Sweeney, who announced she was stepping down to pursue a career in directing in a move that left many people in Hollywood scratching their heads.

SoCal biz news: New boss at Disney, Apple TV streaming, hotel construction booming

Disney gets a new co-chair. Apple's reportedly working a new streaming TV service. Hotel construction is up in L.A. and Orange counties, and the Dodgers go dark to most of L.A.

San Onofre auction: Bid on pieces of a nuclear power plant

Ever wanted to buy part of a nuclear power plant? This week is your chance, as Southern California Edison holds an auction to sell off parts of San Onofre.

MasterCard investigates report of California DMV breach

MasterCard says it is investigating reports of a potential breach at the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

DWP opens its doors for 'Bill Resolution Saturdays'

At one service center, there was a ratio of more than a dozen DWP workers to every customer, resulting in a level of customer service rarely seen from a city bureaucracy.

In Australia, MLB sees a test-case for international expansion

Major League Baseball has been trying to spread America's pastime to Australia – and the world – since 1888. It now owns a majority stake in the Australian Baseball League.

Dodgers president optimistic channel will strike deals

Distributors have said Time Warner is asking for far too much money. Still, Dodgers President Stan Kasten told KPCC he expects the channel to get picked up.

At tech conference, speed dating for start-ups

What company will break through as the next Google or Twitter? Hundreds of investors have been gathering in Santa Monica, trying to find the next smash start-up.