Ben Bergman Senior Reporter, Southern California Economy

Ben Bergman
Contact Ben Bergman

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

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.

OC Judge postpones ruling on Anaheim's voting system

Anaheim will have to wait a bit longer to know if a judge thinks it is violating the California Voting Rights Act, as the ACLU has accused the city.

Judge to hear arguments in ACLU's case against Anaheim

Is the city's at-large voting system unfair to Latinos? The ACLU says yes, and it has filed a lawsuit alleging violation of the California Voting Rights Act.

UPDATE: Anaheim approves hybrid model to elect city council

In a 3-2 vote, the council approved a controversial plan in which members would represent districts but still be elected by the whole city – as they are now. It rejected a plan to create district elections.

California Prop 8 backers vow to continue legal fight

Proposition 8 supporters vow to keep fighting, even with the latest defeat before the Supreme Court. But the remaining options are limited.

Eric Garcetti sworn in as LA's 42nd mayor

Eric Garcetti became Los Angeles’ 42nd mayor in an inauguration ceremony outside L.A. City Hall Sunday evening.

Prop 8 sponsors file emergency motion to stop same-sex marriages

Lawyers for the sponsors of California's same-sex marriage ban have filed an emergency motion asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule the federal appeals court that on Friday freed the state to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

Could Supreme Court's Prop 8 ruling chill Calif. initiatives?

Even those who favor gay marriage are worried the decision could threaten future voter-backed initiatives by giving state officials the right to refuse to defend court challenges.

More homes going on the market, especially in Orange County

Over the past three months, the number of homes for sale increased by almost 40 percent in Orange County, twice as much as the rest of Southern California.

Advocate: Customers should stop paying San Onofre costs

The California Public Utilities Commission's independent consumer advocate urged the regulator to stop letting utility companies charge customers for the closed plant.

Orange County to cut about 5 percent from its annual budget

Because of a court ruling last month, Orange County has to slash $73 million from next year’s budget, which supervisors are expected to approve Monday.