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

Deal to purchase Riverside Press-Enterprise finally closes

A deal that appeared in jeopardy has finally been completed. The parent company of the OC Register has purchased The Press-Enterprise in Riverside.

UPDATE: Sony to cut $250M, reduce slate of films and lay off employees

Top management said to expect other cost-cutting measures in comments made during a Sony Pictures Entertainment investor conference in Culver City.

Taxis vs ride-share: One cabbie's view of the industry's transformation

Taxi driver Frances Nazarian loves her job and argues for preserving the taxicab industry — even though her sister loves competing services such as Uber. "I was so pissed," she says.

Flying out of LAX? New company lets you rent out your car

What if instead of paying to park your car at the airport, someone paid you to leave it there? That’s the idea behind a new company founded by teenagers.

Magic Johnson hosting Obama at LA fundraiser

Magic Johnson and his wife will host Obama at a reception, before the president heads to billionaire Haim Saban's Beverly Hills estate for a fundraising dinner.

Councilman raises questions about LAX shooting evacuation

Los Angeles city councilman Mike Bonin, whose district includes the airport, asks why passengers were left without information for so long after Friday's shooting.

LAX shooting: FBI searches home; wounded TSA agent speaks

Victims of Friday's shooting and the suspected shooter's family gave prepared statements on Monday, expressing their condolences and relating their experiences of the attack.

LAX shooting update: Focus on shooter's background and motive

Two days after a shooting at LAX resulted in the death of a TSA agent and injuries to several others, airport officials said they'll be reviewing security procedures. Meanwhile, the suspected shooter's background and motive

LAX Shooting: Suspected shooter Ciancia could face death penalty

The official complaint by the federal government against suspected shooter Paul Anthony Ciancia was filed Saturday in U.S. District Court in California. He could face the death penalty for killing TSA agent Gerardo Hernandez, pictured above.

Hundreds of thousands left Time Warner Cable during CBS dispute

Time Warner may concede they lost the battle, but not the war, according to analyst David Bank, who says to buckle up for more disputes.

Who is Haim Saban and why is he hosting Hillary Clinton in SoCal?

Hillary Clinton is headlining a $15,000 per-plate lunch at the Beverly Hills home of Haim and Cheryl Saban, a crucial stop for the Clintons and other top Democrats.

Trend of USC 'celebrity professors' worries some

“I don’t think it’s how I would like my tuition dollars spent," said Sara Newman, a USC sophomore, who wrote about the growing inequality in faculty salaries.

Al Jazeera America is coming to LA: Will people watch?

The new cable deal will make the Al Jazeera America channel available in an additional 11 million households in the important L.A. and New York markets.

Ban on elephant bullhooks might end circus performances in LA (poll)

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to ban the use of the tools in wrangling elephants, which animal-rights advocates call cruel.

Tired of Dodgers indecision, Mattingly says he may not return

“I love it here," Mattingly told reporters. "But I don’t want to be anywhere you’re not wanted.” The Dodgers manager is in the final year of his three-year contract.