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

In just 5 months, LA collected $13 million in Airbnb taxes

Back in August, the city of Los Angeles reached a deal with Airbnb to collect a 14% tax on each property rented through the site. The city has since collected far more in tax revenue than initially expected.

The Chargers welcome themselves to LA. Will LA welcome them?

The Chargers staged a rally in Inglewood to officially introduce the team to L.A. The move is not generating the same excitement as the Rams' arrival a year ago.

The last day at American Apparel: 'Lots of people were sad'

The day American Apparel workers feared arrived this week, when about 2400 employees were told they were losing their jobs immediately.

Canadian company buys American Apparel. What's next?

The label most associated with American clothing manufacturing has been bought by a Canadian company. What will happen to American Apparel's 3500 L.A. workers?

Would the 2024 Olympics really generate $11 billion locally?

A new economic study forecasts that LA businesses, particularly in the tourism industry, would win big if the city were chosen to host the 2024 Olympic Games. But the study was paid for by LA's Olympic bid committee, so one economist says to take it with a grain of salt.

Fate of thousands of American Apparel workers decided soon

The L.A. clothing company has filed for bankruptcy protection twice and survived the ouster of its CEO. Today, it goes on the auction block. Workers are watching to see which company will make the winning bid, and whether their jobs will be saved.

LA suit says firms are dealing in stolen catalytic converters

“California has more catalytic converter theft than any state in the nation, a problem that’s plagued L.A. motorists for far too long,” said City Attorney Mike Feuer.

Shippers and online retailers brace for National Return Day

It was a record-breaking holiday season for online shopping, and now that the gift wrap has cleared, customers are boxing up their returns and exchanges. UPS says Jan. 5 will be their biggest return day of the year, with their employees handling 1.3 million return packages.

Rain, security concerns don't dampen Rose Parade

Spectators were treated to 44 colorful floats and 22 marching bands. The undisputed viral hit of the parade was a float with dogs surfing.

California's Fair Pay Act will get tougher in 2017

In 2015, California passed one of the toughest equal pay laws in the country. That law is about to get an update, extending protections to employees of color.

After a dismal season, will Rams fans return?

Many Los Angeles Rams season ticket holders have not been showing up to games and have had trouble unloading their tickets, with prices on the secondary market as low as $30.

Trump names UC Irvine professor to lead trade council

UC Irvine professor and economist Peter Navarro will serve as head of the new White House National Trade Council and as director of trade and industrial policy.

Why California's unemployment rate is stabilizing

Since 2010, the state has added more than 2 million jobs, taking the unemployment rate from 12.2 to 5.3 percent. Economists say it's likely to stay in this range in future months.

What became of the hundreds of laid off hotel workers

When the Century Plaza Hotel closed, 600 people lost their jobs. Many have gotten job training, funded by a state grant. KPCC will follow them as they navigate LA's competitive job market.

Trump's labor pick is no fan of California's overtime, rest break rules

Trump tapped Andrew Puzder, who runs the parent company for Carl's Jr. Despite the burger chain's long history in California, Puzder said they would grow elsewhere.