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

NFL: Moving to LA won't be easy for Kroenke

More than 13 million people live in greater Los Angeles, compared to less than 3 million in St. Louis, but in the NFL bigger is not necessarily better.

NFL in LA: How labor and stadium developers struck a deal

Labor got a guarantee that nearly all jobs will be union once the stadium is up running – including janitors, trash collectors, and parking attendants.

Metro adds a new mission: Lowering LA rents

Metro's board votes to set aside 35 percent of land it no longer needs to be used for affordable housing.

Carson stadium supporters declare 'mission accomplished'

Residents held what they called a “Petition Mission Accomplished Parade’ to celebrate gathering more than 15,000 signatures in support of a future NFL stadium

Labor and stadium developers negotiate down to the wire

As a negotiating tactic, labor has been gathering signatures to force Inglewood to put the stadium to a citywide vote, which could cause the project to fall behind Carson's.

NFL in LA: AEG tries to derail other stadium efforts. But why?

AEG announced it was abandoning plans for an NFL stadium downtown, but that hasn’t stopped the company from trying to stop other stadium projects in L.A. County.

How James Butts made Inglewood LA's unlikely NFL frontrunner

“It’s easy to discount a city that now is mostly black and brown,” said Butts. “No one would believe that — ‘How could they play in this billion-dollar sweepstakes?'”

Florida wants to take business from ports of LA and Long Beach

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is leading a trade delegation to California next month, trying to lure business away from the state's ports.

Organized labor puts the heat on Inglewood NFL stadium

A petition appears to be a move to force developers to sign an agreement stating they will not only use union workers in construction, but also during operation.

Convention center expansion continues, without stadium funding

Three years ago, AEG signed an agreement with the city, promising future funds from a downtown stadium would finance a new $350 wing of the convention center.

Inglewood NFL stadium: Moody's agrees new tax revenue could be a 'game changer'

The proposed stadium in Inglewood gets the attention of credit ratings agency Moody's, which echoes the revenue projections made by the project's supporters.

With LA Fight Club, De La Hoya tries to attract new fans to boxing

Can boxing appeal to a new demographic? Oscar De La Hoya, the promoter of a new monthly card that debuts Friday in downtown Los Angeles hopes so.

Elections 2015: Candidates avoid LA's real problem, its structural deficit

The L.A. City Council has limited control over the budget anyway, 45 percent of which is restricted. Police and fire gobble up 69 percent of what they do control.

Bypassing voters, Inglewood approves NFL stadium (updated)

Saying it was an opportunity too good to wait on, Inglewood’s City Council decided Tuesday night to approve a proposal for an 80,000-seat NFL stadium outright.

Dispatch from a union town: San Pedro and the ILWU

At the center of a months-long labor dispute is the ILWU. Never mind car manufacturers, just ask shop owners in San Pedro how powerful it is.