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

Dodgers defeat Cardinals to keep World Series hopes alive

The Dodgers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 in Game 5 Los Angeles as the Cardinals failed to wrap up a spot in the World Series.

Dodgers playoffs: 1 more loss to St. Louis ends LA's season

For much of this often-magical Dodgers season, there was so much to cheer. But Tuesday night, fans booed their own team, or let out the sound of collective anguish during a 4-2 loss.

LA Dodgers beat Cardinals 3-0, now trail St. Louis 2-games-to-1

“I think the playoffs are one-day momentum swings," manager Don Mattingly said after the game. "Right now I feel like we’ve kind of grabbed it.”

Dodgers vs Cardinals FAQ: What you need to know about the NLCS

Friends are wearing more blue and using terms like "ERA." Why? The Dodgers are playing for a championship again. Here's what you should know to jump on the blue bandwagon.

LA Housing Authority CEO warns about impact of budget cuts

The head of the Housing Authority of L.A. warned of “catastrophic” effects if the government defaults on its debt, but the effects of the shutdown are more muted.

The Voice of the Dodgers talks with Ben Bergman

KPCC's Ben Bergman sat down to talk with Dodger legend Vin Scully about his life and career.

Dodgers playoffs: Behind the scenes with the legendary Vin Scully

Vin Scully tells KPCC that – with only rare exceptions – he’s never listened to anyone else call a game. "I’d be watering my wine,” he said.

Timeline: A look back at Vin Scully's career

Vin Scully joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950. Though he's taken on network assignments and even hosted game shows, he's always been the voice of The Dodgers. View some other notable dates in Scully's life and career in broadcasting.

Vin Scully hints he may retire after the next Dodgers season

"I’m looking to next year and thinking that should be about it,” Scully told KPCC in a recent interview. Civic leaders are considering ways to honor the baseball icon.

Woman ejected for kissing girlfriend will be at Dodgers LGBT night (updated)

Danielle Goldey was attending a Dodgers game 13 years ago with her then-girlfriend when they were kicked out of the stadium by nine security guards for kissing in public.

Avoid 'Breaking Bad' spoilers: There's an app for that!

A new app blocks references to 30 TV shows – including the AMC series "Breaking Bad" – as well as NFL and MLB games. It joins other methods to scrub Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Emmys 2013: Win or lose, Netflix has changed the TV game

Hardly anyone noticed five years ago, when rules for the Emmy’s changed to allow Internet entries. Now new distribution platforms are making waves.

Dodgers win NL West title: How do you buy postseason tickets?

If you follow the Dodgers on Twitter, you'll have a chance to buy tickets before the general public on Friday morning. Don't wait too long!

Update: California becomes first state to regulate ride-sharing apps

The California Public Utilities Commission votes unanimously to regulate ride-sharing companies and establish a new category of transportation businesses

5 years after start of Great Recession, Temecula sees a building boom

There were few areas of the U.S. harder hit than the Inland Empire by the Great Recession. But now the region is seeing housing prices soar and construction roar back.