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 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
Air traffic controllers are warning the budget gridlock in Washington could mean gridlock at LAX and other airports, with major flight delays on the way.
To save hundreds of millions of dollars, the FAA is preparing to furlough staff and close air traffic control towers. What could that mean for your next flight?
A private memorial service for L.A. Lakers owner Jerry Buss is being held Thursday at the Nokia Theatre, with many of the team's greatest names among the expected speakers.
Orange County sheriffs named Courtney Aoki of Buena Park during a Wednesday press conference as the woman killed during a shooting rampage in Orange County Tuesday.
Police now say seven people have been shot, four of whom have died, in shootings in Orange County early Tuesday morning. Investigators are searching for a motive.
It’s been more than six months since protests rocked Anaheim after two deadly police shootings. Have officers been able to restore trust with the community?
The approach used by authorities left many residences unsearched, including the one where Dorner may have been hiding for several days.
San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said in a Wednesday afternoon press conference that the hunt for Christopher Dorner is over.
Critics say officers subject to the LAPD discipline process may have difficulty making their case with police personnel sitting in judgment.
Dorner once had the promise of a Navy and police career, but it all crumbled in disputes with co-workers. A look at what public documents, associates and Dorner himself say about the downward spiral of his life.
Sen. Boxer is asking regulators to investigate San Onofre because she says she’s uncovered information showing the plant’s operator was aware of design flaws.
A Minnesota man will appear in a Santa Ana court Wednesday, accused of running the largest Ponzi scheme in Orange County history.
A couple found shot to death inside a car have been identified by Irvine police as a Cal State Fullerton ass't. basketball coach and her fiancé, an ex-college basketball player.
A two mile-plus stretch around Trestles beach has been known for decades as a world-class surfing spot. But is it historic? A panel will decide next week.
San Onofre has now been closed for a year. KPCC's Ben Bergman answers all your questions about the nuclear plant, including when it might reopen.