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

New NFL team would likely have little economic impact

We talk about sports a lot, and we pay a lot of attention to them, but when it comes to the economic benefits teams generate, the impact is minuscule.

$5 billion of produce could be lost because of port gridlock

Increasing delays in moving cargo are getting costly for California exporters, especially for growers, which are experiencing the worst delays in 13 years.

Inglewood NFL stadium comes closer with signatures now verified

The Los Angeles County registrar's office verified more than 11,000 signatures to put the approval of the stadium before the city's voters.

Port operations suspended on upcoming holidays, weekend

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are temporarily suspending upcoming weekend and holiday operations as negotiations with the longshoremen's union continue to drag on.

Ports see worst congestion since 2004 because of work stoppage

A weekend stoppage caused the worst delays the ports have seen in over a decade – a queue of 31 ships – according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California.

Can LAX get as big as other top airports?

Since Gina Marie Lindsey, Executive Director of the Los Angeles World Airports, started in 2007, passenger traffic has grown by 15 percent.

Refinery strike could mean higher gas prices

“It’s very possible we may have seen the last of two dollar gasoline in the near term,” said Carl Larry director of oil and gas at consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.

Why unions lead the $15 minimum wage fight, though few members will benefit

It's unlikely most of the workers benefiting from higher minimum wages will ever be part of organized labor, but the fight could help the struggling labor movement in other ways.

Potential NFL stadium could be on Inglewood ballot by summer

Developers looking to build the stadium submit more than double the signatures needed to qualify a ballot initiative to speed the permit process for the facility.

Want a job in LA? Be a nurse, don't work in manufacturing

Los Angeles fared the worst as far as seasonally adjusted year-to-year job gains among California's major metropolitan areas.

Can Uber lower fares and have its drivers make more money?

For the first time, Uber will guarantee its partners – as it calls them - an hourly wage of $20 an hour in Los Angeles, or $26 during peak times.

LA residents need to make $33 an hour to afford the average apartment

But most L.A. salaries don't come near that, and raising the minimum wage to $15.25 an hour would not make much of a dent in the affordability problem.

LA and the $15 minimum wage: It all started accidentally at a Washington airport

The first city to enact a $15-an-hour minimum wage was SeaTac, Wash. – a tiny airport town outside Seattle – and it happened largely by accident.

Los Angeles loses 2024 Olympics bid to Boston

The United States Olympic Committee has chosen Boston to represent the U.S. among the finalists bidding to host the 2024 Olympics.

Rose Bowl 2015: Oregon vs Florida State

Thursday’s game will be different than the 100 Rose Bowls played before, because it’s a semifinal kicking off college football’s new playoff four-team playoff, which replaces the much-maligned Bowl Championship Series.