Ben Bergman Senior Reporter, Southern California Economy

Ben Bergman
Contact Ben Bergman

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

LA owns 9,000 properties. Here are 3 that could be better used

City controller Ron Galperin estimates the city owns some 500 underutilized properties that could be developed into affordable housing or sold for enormous profit.

Housing is now unaffordable in rural California too

Don't move just yet! A new study finds that people living in rural, inland parts of California also struggle to afford housing.

Why TPP's failure could be bad for Taco Bell

Fast-food chain's executive says the massive trade deal would make it easier to do business in countries like Japan, where local tariffs make it more expensive to operate.

Why Amazon warehouse jobs are the new holiday retail jobs

Amazon announced it is adding more than 120,000 seasonal positions at its U.S. fulfillment centers, including 8,000 positions at its warehouses in the Inland Empire.

How the gig economy has grown in Southern California

The so-called gig economy more than doubled in the LA-metro area from 2012-2014, as thousands of workers became independent contractors, often with Uber and Lyft.

Porter Ranch home prices not hurt by gas leak

Despite dire warnings that home prices in the subdivision would take a hit from natural gas leak, prices have gone up, a study says.

Sanchez opposes Prop 57, attacks rival Harris

Senate candidate Rep. Loretta Sanchez denounced a measure that would grant some prisoners early parole and says her opponent Kamala Harris helped write it.

6 ways Vin Scully is unique among sports announcers

He will call his final game for the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday in San Francisco. Here are six reasons why he's the best announcer who ever lived.

How a trade war would hurt California's economy

A new economic forecast released Wednesday quantifies the effect of reducing trade in the U.S., and finds it would be damaging to California's economy.

Some local bar owners will put debate on the big screen

Tonight's debate is expected to draw up to 100 million viewers. That anticipation has convinced some bar owners to switch off football for the night.

Vin Scully's final game at Dodger Stadium

As long as the Dodgers have been in Los Angeles, one voice has been associated with the team —Vin Scully. He will broadcast his final home game on Sunday.

The weekend Dodgers fans have dreaded is here

It's time to say goodbye to Vin Scully, the legendary Dodgers announcer of 67 years. The team will honor him throughout his last weekend calling games at Dodger stadium.

A Nation Engaged: Will the bump in minimum wage raise people out of poverty?

By 2020, LA minimum wage will hit $15 and hour. KPCC's Ben Bergman spoke to workers in Seattle, where hourly pay has already been raised.

Updated Olympics plan includes more OC and Long Beach venues

Los Angeles' Olympic bid committee released additional details Thursday about where specific sports would be played if LA is awarded the 2024 Games next year.

Ticket prices for Rams home opener have fallen 38 percent

The game is sold out but the resale market is taking a hit. The average price for Sunday's game is $240, down 38% since Aug. according to ticket tracking site TiqIQ.