Ben Bergman Business Reporter

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Ben Bergman reports on business for KPCC, with a focus on media, tech, and sports business.

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. There he helped launch the college's improv and sketch comedy troupes and its campus radio station.

In his free time, Bergman is an avid tennis fan and player and also enjoys working out, skiing, travelling to new places, and cheering on The Seattle Seahawks.

Stories by Ben Bergman

Boxer: New documents show San Onofre cut corners on safety (PDF)

Federal regulators have released documents that Sen. Barbara Boxer says show that the operator of the San Onofre nuclear plant tried to shortchange safety.

Newport Beach bonfires could be extinguished before summer

The Coastal Commission postponed a decision on Newport Beach's fire rings until the agency that oversees air quality decides if bonfires should be exempt.

Newport Beach fire rings: Smoke hazard or smokescreen? (Photos)

Newport Beach has been trying to remove the popular fire rings that line its beaches for years. But the California Coastal Commission is expected to deny the city’s request. Read the report.

Sequester: Southland defense contractors scale back before automatic cuts

The automatic “sequestration” spending cuts aren’t scheduled to go into effect until tomorrow, but already Southland defense contractors are scaling back.

Controllers: LAX arrivals could be cut 20% without deal

Air traffic controllers are warning the budget gridlock in Washington could mean gridlock at LAX and other airports, with major flight delays on the way.

Local airports brace for sequestration delays

To save hundreds of millions of dollars, the FAA is preparing to furlough staff and close air traffic control towers. What could that mean for your next flight?

PHOTOS: Funeral for Lakers owner Jerry Buss (updated)

A private memorial service for L.A. Lakers owner Jerry Buss is being held Thursday at the Nokia Theatre, with many of the team's greatest names among the expected speakers.

UPDATE: Orange County shootings: Authorities ID female victim of Ali Syed's rampage

Orange County sheriffs named Courtney Aoki of Buena Park during a Wednesday press conference as the woman killed during a shooting rampage in Orange County Tuesday.

UPDATE: New details in OC shootings; 4 dead, 3 hurt by 20-year-old student (Map)

Police now say seven people have been shot, four of whom have died, in shootings in Orange County early Tuesday morning. Investigators are searching for a motive.

After riots, Anaheim police chief tries to restore trust

It’s been more than six months since protests rocked Anaheim after two deadly police shootings. Have officers been able to restore trust with the community?

Residents question how Dorner eluded manhunt

The approach used by authorities left many residences unsearched, including the one where Dorner may have been hiding for several days.

UPDATE: San Bernardino Sheriff ID's slain deputy, says Dorner manhunt is over (Photos, Map)

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said in a Wednesday afternoon press conference that the hunt for Christopher Dorner is over.

Dorner case: Is LAPD discipline process stacked in department's favor?

Critics say officers subject to the LAPD discipline process may have difficulty making their case with police personnel sitting in judgment.

LAPD manhunt: Christopher Dorner's promising career ended with angry manifesto, fugitive status

Dorner once had the promise of a Navy and police career, but it all crumbled in disputes with co-workers. A look at what public documents, associates and Dorner himself say about the downward spiral of his life.

Sen. Boxer: Edison knew San Onofre generators were defective

Sen. Boxer is asking regulators to investigate San Onofre because she says she’s uncovered information showing the plant’s operator was aware of design flaws.