Ben Bergman Senior Reporter, Southern California Economy

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Ben Bergman is KPCC's Senior Reporter on the Southern California Economy, the 16th largest economy in the world.

He’s also a frequent contributor to NPR and Marketplace, and is a regular fill-in host on Southern California Pubic Radio’s daily two-hour newsmagazine, Take Two.

Bergman has reported extensively on L.A.’s housing affordability problem, the city’s consideration of a higher minimum wage, the NFL’s possible return to the area, and the cable dispute that has kept most of Southern California unable to see games on TV.

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, travelling to new places, and cheering on The Seattle Seahawks.

Bergman is based at NPR West in Culver City.


Stories by Ben Bergman

Why Silver Lake's Casbah Cafe is closing

Silver Lake's popular cafe abruptly closed its doors this week. Co-owner Claudia O'Sullivan said her $5,000 monthly rent was about to increase to $12,000.

Why rising interest rates won't likely hurt car sales

Interest rates inched up this week, but car shoppers wont feel it just yet. One analyst says dealerships will eat some of the loan costs, at least for awhile.

Fed lifts key interest rate from near zero

The Federal Reserve is raising interest rates after seven years of record lows. But it's signaling that further rate hikes will likely be made slowly as the economy strengthens further and muted inflation rises.

Who will be living in DTLA's new mega condos?

Units in the posh Metropolis building are selling for up to $2 million. The Chinese state-owned developer has a direct line to buyers in China.

San Diego water glut threatens to overshadow new desalination plant

A dedication ceremony will take place Monday for the first large-scale desalination plant in the state and only the second in the nation, in Carlsbad.

Ports feeling the force of Star Wars

U.S. toy imports are up 10.9 percent this year. Star Wars merchandise is a big part of that extra cargo.

Will the TPP boost Southern California manufacturing?

A top Obama administration official said Tuesday that the massive trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership will provide a boost to manufacturing.

How to not talk about terrorism

Radical Islam, jihadists, or none of the above? Take Two analyzes the way politicians and pundits talk about violent extremism.

What slowdown? California job growth stays strong

California added 41,200 jobs in October, the highest job growth in the nation, according to federal statistics released Friday.

Occidental leaders say they'll meet most protest demands

Student protestors submitted a list of 14 demands. Today Oxy's top administrators said they would meet 13 of those, but the college president will stay.

LA City Council wants more details on 2024 Olympics financials

Members of the city council have turned to the practical challenges of LA's 2024 Olympics bid, as concerns grow about the costs to host the Games.

Why were Oct imports down at the Ports of LA and Long Beach?

Both ports have posted year-over-year declines in shipping traffic during what is usually a busy time. Trade experts say it's related to last year's port shutdown.

Disney CEO agrees to join Raiders-Chargers stadium venture

The announcement in a statement Wednesday comes the same day that Oakland and San Diego make presentations to NFL owners on their plans to keep the teams.

Why Hollywood studios like the Trans-Pacific Partnership

For all the talk of rice, cows, and cars, much of the international trade agreement protects intellectual property such as drug patents and copyright protection.

Tribune chief says he's interested in buying OC Register

CEO Jack Griffin took the unusual step of singling out the L.A. Times for underperforming, but said he wants to expand in CA.