Ben Bergman Senior Reporter, Southern California Economy
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
Interestingly, $2 billion is roughly what the team was purchased for two years ago, at a price that many lambasted as wildly inflated.
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.
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.
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 says it is investigating reports of a potential breach at the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Google has publicly opposed the government’s collection of metadata. Schmidt is now part of a White House panel that will make new recommendations.
What it lacks in size, Santa Monica’s OASIS: The Montgomery Summit tries to make up for with an alluring pitch: We might make you very rich.
State Attorney General Kamala Harris on Thursday said she would elevate cybersecurity as a key focus of the state's top crime-fighting agency.
Super-bowl winning coach Pete Carroll told KPCC in an interview that he "wouldn't have been able to leave" USC had he known about the NCAA sanctions centered on Reggie Bush.
Republique has been called the city’s hottest new restaurant, but it also might be the most controversial because of a three-percent surcharge added to every tab.
Two high-profile outlets catering to Latino audiences have called it quits. KPCC's Leslie Berestein Rojas explains what this means for the news outlets trying to cater to that growing market.