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 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

5 things to know about a possible Hollywood writers strike

Talks resume on April 25, but the Writers Guild of America has threatened to strike on May 2 if there's no deal by the time its contract ends on May 1.

What Aspen Skiing buying Mammoth, Big Bear resorts means for SoCal skiers

With the news that Colorado-based Aspen Skiing Co. is buying the company that runs four of California’s most popular ski resorts, skiers are wondering what's next.

Why farmers getting more water won't lower produce prices

For the first time in years, Central Valley farmers will receive their full allotment of groundwater. But don't expect that to lower prices in the produce aisle.

Don't leave those low-income tax credits on the table

Many low-income residents don't file taxes because they don't know about the earned-income tax credit and also don't know they could get money back that's withheld.

Hollywood watches as writers negotiations resume

The Writers Guild of America is threatening its first walkout in a decade on May 2, when its three-year contract expires. The main issue is pay.

What gas leak? Buyers in Porter Ranch snap up luxury homes

"I told my wife we were going to buy this house even if we had to wear a gas mask.” The demand has surprised the developer of a planned community near the leak site.

Another Dodgers season, still no TV deal in sight

There was hope that when Charter completed its purchase of Time Warner Cable that Charter would take a softer line, but if anything the opposite has happened.

Vague trade plan after Trump's tough talk

In an eight-page draft letter to Congress, acting U.S. Trade Rep. Stephen Vaughn wrote that the administration intends to start talking with Mexico and Canada about making changes to the pact.

State of Affairs: Reps. Nunes and Schiff spar, Gov. Brown pushes gas tax

Today on State of Affairs:

Author of anti-discrimination bill: UCLA should boycott Sweet 16

​The author of a law that bans state-funded travel to states deemed to be restricting LGBT rights is "disappointed" UCLA won't skip Friday's game in Memphis.

Trump's defense budget raises hopes for SoCal aerospace firms

Trump has proposed a $54 billion dollar increase in defense spending, which could be a big boost for California's once-thriving aerospace industry,

Study: Inland Empire rental market tighter than LA's

A study finds a lower vacancy rate than in L.A. and Orange Counties, and rents rising as much as in L.A. and twice as much as in Orange County.

Head of LA's Olympics bid: Trump more helpful than Obama

Fears about Trump torpedoing L.A.'s bid are not only overblown, but Trump is proving much more helpful than President Obama was, LA2024 CEO Gene Sykes said.

Petraeus: CIA leak as 'damaging' as Snowden revelations

Former CIA Director General David Petraeus said the details hurt spying operations as well as relationships with tech companies.

Trump immigration policies could hurt California, economists warn

If immigrants are deported in huge numbers, the UCLA Anderson business school's new economic forecast warns we could see production woes for Southern California's construction, home maintenance and agriculture business sectors.