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

Wells Fargo fined $185 million for improper account openings

After illegally opening millions of unauthorized accounts for customers, Wells Fargo is paying $185 million in civil penalties, including $50 million to the city and county of Los Angeles.

What will become of the stranded Hanjin ships

The shipping company's bankruptcy has stalled ships around the world, but one Port of Long Beach executive expects movement this week.

LA importers scramble in wake of Hanjin bankruptcy

U.S. businesses who planned to use Hanjin cargo ships to transport their goods are finding that competing carriers have limited space and are charging more for it.

Why the Hanjin bankruptcy is hurting SoCal importers

The bankruptcy of one of the world’s largest shipping lines is being felt at local ports and beyond as retailers wait for millions of dollars in goods just offshore.

Unusual coalition opposes 2-year LA development moratorium

The Neighborhood Integrity Initiative is strongly opposed by an unusual coalition of business groups, labor leaders, developers and homeless advocates.

LA home prices may finally cool off next year

The median price of a home in LA is $583,500. That's up 7 percent from last year. But economists expect prices to level off next year.

Blue Cut Fire puts the brakes on truckers, trains

Thousands of semi-trucks and trains move goods through the Cajon Pass each day. With that corridor closed, cargo is being diverted.

America's fastest-growing private company is in northeast LA

It's called Loot Crate, a monthly subscription company that sends comic book goodies to fans. The company's owner says he chose the east side to keep costs down.

Rams add seats before Saturday's first preseason game

The team added a couple hundred seats for Saturday’s Cowboys game in the upper reaches of the L.A. Memorial Coliseum; some are still available.

Customer surveys are everywhere. Is that a good thing?

​Buy a new car, take Uber, have a cable TV technician to your house – you're going to be asked to rate your experience - and to give a high score.

Learning lessons in Rio for a 2024 Olympics in Los Angeles

While most people will be focused on the competition, one planner will be viewing the games as a learning opportunity to prepare a 2024 L.A. Olympics.

Bus company has long history of vehicle maintenance problems

The company has a long history of maintenance violations and was under review by authorities. The bus involved in Tuesday's accident had recently been cited.

How does wildfire insurance work in California? (FAQ)

This week's fires are not the first, nor will they be the last of this fire season. So, we wanted to help answer some common questions about fire insurance.

Why Airbnb has paid $20,000 to the city of Santa Monica

A year after enacting some of the strictest short-term rental restrictions in the nation, Santa Monica is fining residents and online platforms for violating its law.

Nothing gloomy about June's jobs numbers in LA County

Unemployment is at its lowest rate in 9 years. Employers added 122,500 more jobs in the past year. Many were in education, health care, hospitality and business.