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 two-hour 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

Does a $2 billion bid for the Clippers make financial sense?

If you believe multiple recent media reports unconfirmed by KPCC, the price could exceed $2 billion, an astonishing amount for a franchise once considered the NBA's laughing stock.

LA rents: County faces shortfall of 490,340 affordable homes

L.A. County has seven of the 10 ZIP codes with the worst housing overcrowding in the nation, according to a new report from the California Housing Partnership Corporation.

What gets fans to Dodger Stadium? Bobbleheads

This season the Dodgers will hand out more than twice as many promotional items as they did five years ago. Many fans decide which game to go to based on what's given away.

Fleischman's chocolate fried chicken concept opens next week

The newest restaurant in Adam Fleischman's rapidly growing empire capitalizes on the fried chicken craze, but with a twist; chocolate is mixed into the batter.

Do new California 'Do Not Track' guidelines go far enough?

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris on Wednesday issued a 20-page guide for businesses to help them comply with changes to Internet privacy laws.

Dodgers radio ratings up 78 percent during TV standoff

Many Dodger fans have said they are listening to games on the radio. Now, we have our first hard evidence of a mass exodus from TV to radio.

In higher education, fundraising campaigns keep going higher

$4.2 billion may seem like a lot, until you compare it to the $6 billion USC has said it wants to raise by 2018, or the $6.5 billion goal Harvard set last fall.

Atwater oil spill: There are thousands of oil pipelines all over LA

Thursday's spill of 10,000 gallons of oil from a pipeline near Atwater Village raises the question: Where are the pipelines in L.A.? The answer: Everywhere.

Does Sterling interview make it harder for NBA to kick him out?

The interview did nothing to improve Sterling's public image, but by appearing so erratic, Sterling could have helped his cause.

Accused of misleading users, Snapchat reaches settlement with FTC

The FTC announced Snapchat agreed to a settlement over charges that it mislead consumers and wasn't truthful about how it used their personal information.

What city has the world's top brand? The Guardian says LA

The inaugural Guardian Cities brand barometer is out, and Los Angeles has emerged as the winner. Take that, New York and London!

Tourists spent a record $18.4 billion in LA in 2013

About 42.2 million visitors spent money at a record pace at local businesses last year, creating 21,400 new jobs in Los Angeles.

Clippers: Celebs say they want to buy the team. Not everyone's serious

Business and civic leader Steve Soboroff sees the team as an attractive acquisition, but for those who say they want to buy the team, there are often other motivations.

Magic wants to buy Clippers, but expects Sterling to fight a sale

“I will be owning an NBA team sometime," Johnson said Wednesday. "Is the Clippers the right situation? Of course. It's one of the premiere franchises."

Famous bidders lining up to buy LA Clippers — including Oprah

Oprah Winfrey's spokesperson confirmed she's already in discussions with record-label mogul David Geffen and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison to pool their vast resources for a bid.