Ben Bergman Senior Reporter, Southern California Economy
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
Politico says Ruiz's win underscored the theme of the 2012 election: the growing sway of Latinos in American politics. And Ruiz makes sure his office takes care of his constituents.
Weak line-up? Second weekend fatigue? A sandstorm? KPCC's Ben Bergman presents three theories about why prices are falling. Weigh-in with your own.
Coachella's eventful first weekend ended with a blinding desert sandstorm.
KPCC's Ben Bergman sums up the first night's performances with a tidy "Jurassic 5 returns, Stone Roses fall flat."
Ben Bergman is our man on the ground. Soon the sun will own him, but here is his first, and likely his most lucid, transmission from Indio, CA.
During the past few years, Indio and Coachella’s fortunes went in opposite directions. That’s made city leaders eager to capitalize on the music festival’s success.
One rescuer was in the hospital with head injuries from a fall. Search crews rescued an 18-year-old woman who had been missing for days in a Southern California forest a day after her 19-year-old companion was also found.
Almost a year after the LA Times started charging readers for online access, the Orange County Register jumps on the paywall bandwagon.
David Martinez was out with his wife buying tacos when he ran into police. LAPD officers said they thought he was going to shoot them.
FBI and police have identified 30-year-old Tobias Dustin Summers as a suspect in the kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl from her home in Northridge.
The Bruins lured Alford from New Mexico days after he signed a new 10-year deal with the Lobos.
Every year we are reminded that, as cute as they are, bunnies don't make good Easter gifts. But those reminders often go unheeded.
Should beach fires be banned in Southern California? That’s the question before air quality regulators Thursday.
The record-setting bounty for Christopher Dorner is shrinking, with at least one donor refusing to pay - and others reconsidering their pledge.
Operator Southern California Edison says it might seek a rewrite of the plant's operating rules that, if approved, would allow the Unit 2 reactor to run at reduced power.