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

Can the new Fox Sports 1 channel dethrone ESPN? (video)

“It’s just a lock it’s going to be massively profitable," said an analyst about the two sports channels Fox is launching Saturday to eventually take on ESPN.

Inventor Musk shares plans for high-speed 'Hyperloop' travel (Update)

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk revealed designs for a transportation system that he said is twice as fast as an airplane and cheaper than a bullet train. California high-speed rail advocates scoffed at the plan.

FCC chairwoman may intervene in CBS, Time Warner Cable fight

FCC Interim chairwoman Mignon Clyburn threatened to take “appropriate action” if the two sides can’t come to an agreement. She did not specify what that would be.

Little impact on tourism seen from Venice boardwalk hit-and-run

About 100,000 Italians visited Los Angeles last year. Tourism officials say it’s unlikely they will be scared away after an Italian on her honeymoon was killed at the popular promenade.

Dodger Stadium to host LA Galaxy, Real Madrid soccer matches (Photos)

The historic stadium will host soccer matches this weekend. In January, it turns to hockey. One of the goals is to draw new fans and expand marketing opportunities.

Should LA be concerned with ESPN's X Games move to Austin?

Some say Los Angeles has already lost the games to a smaller, cooler and more youthful competitor: Austin, Texas. What's the economic impact to the city?

Judge sets trial date for ACLU voting rights case against Anaheim (Update)

The move is being hailed as a victory by Latino activists and the ACLU – which filed the case last year – arguing Anaheim’s at-large voting system violates the California Voting Rights Act.

Mountain Fire: New evacuation warnings; 6,000 already displaced for third day (map, photos)

Residents of another 700 homes were advised to retreat to safety on Friday as crews grew increasingly concerned about the weather and erratic winds.

Dodgers' Puig looks to capitalize on meteoric rise

This week Yasiel Puig hired a new marketing agent to capitalize on his meteoric rise, but his commercial future may not necessarily be a home run.

Who pays for fixing the damage from the I-5 tanker crash?

Caltrans isn’t naming the company involved in Saturday’s crash. Figuring that out can be difficult. For now, taxpayers pay for the repairs. But the company still faces liability.

Orange County beach fire pits fight may reach Sacramento

Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) says he’s considering introducing legislation that would essentially un-do the new restrictions.

UPDATE: SoCal smog agency approves fire pit regulations (Map, Poll)

The South Coast Air Quality Management District board voted 7-6 Friday to prohibit fire rings near homes. The vote will immediately impact fire pits in Newport Beach.

Looking to recognize 'Lost Sites' across Southern California

Some of the first experiments in TV happened in Hollywood. The people there now had no idea until historian Andrew Carroll paid a visit. Do you know some places that should be recognized? Tell us.

Air quality board to vote on beach fire restrictions Friday (Poll)

Should fire pits be banned along certain Southern California beaches? A regional regulatory agency is scheduled to weigh in on the issue Friday. Share your thoughts in our poll.

Mercedes nabs blockbuster real estate in Long Beach

At more than 1 million square feet, the building was once used by Boeing to assemble 717 airliners and could be used to "prep" vehicles for sale, according to the mayor.