Ben Bergman Senior Reporter, Southern California Economy
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 Public 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
The candidates are talking tough on trade, and it's resonating in Southern California, where manufacturing has declined. But other local industries like logistics, trucking and farming depend on trade.
Robots and kiosks replace some workers in a bid to cut costs. Shoppers at the new store in Silver Lake give it mixed reviews.
After the announcement, Mayor Garcetti put out a statement saying the event would bring in hundreds of millions of dollars. But the math on tourist spending is tricky.
Over the past year, more than 30 engineers from Cordoba Corporation plotted the journey, using computer simulation to find the best path for the NASA fuel tank
As the city of L.A. considers regulating the short-term rental industry, Airbnb supporters are looking at new technology to stop guests from disturbing the neighbors
The ballot measure calls for new rules for housing developers in LA, as the city grapples with a housing shortage, soaring rents and scarce land.
The governor released his revised 2016-2017 budget proposal in Sacramento. This comes as California's projected tax revenues for April fell by $1 billion.
California Republicans who were hoping to slow Donald Trump's momentum now have much less incentive to vote in the June primary. Take Two analyzes the impact.
Florida Governor Rick Scott visited Los Angeles Monday, and used that statistic as he tried to convince local businesses they would be better off in his state.
During his first campaign rally in Southern California, Trump noted a sharp rise in local crime rates and blamed immigrants. We wanted to check out those claims.
Anti-Trump protesters stormed the streets outside the Pacific Amphitheater where Donald Trump held his first campaign rally in Southern California.
“This is the last thing I want to do, but I don’t see that I have a choice," said Fred Donnelly, president of California Composites.
"He was a singular talent," said Julian's best friend for over three decades, Larry Mantle, host of KPCC's AirTalk. "He is completely irreplaceable."
For decades, aerospace was the backbone of the local economy. That changed when the Cold War ended and thousands lost their jobs. Now, the industry is growing again.
The parent company of Sports Chalet filed for bankruptcy Monday, two days after announcing all its stores are closing, many of which are in Southern California.