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

Orange County to cut about 5 percent from its annual budget

Because of a court ruling last month, Orange County has to slash $73 million from next year’s budget, which supervisors are expected to approve Monday.

UPDATE: Board denies permit for Orange County toll-road extension

The Regional Water Quality Control Board denied a proposal for a five-mile extension of the State Route 241 toll road this afternoon. The 3-2 vote came after hours of debate and comments.

OC Register ad deal with local universities raises eyebrows

Depending on who you ask, the OC Register's university sections are either a smart way to bring in revenue in an industry hurting for cash or it's a breach of journalism ethics.

Are beach fire pits hazardous to your health and environment? (Photos, Poll)

Are Southern California's iconic beach fires harmful? The question is at the center of a debate as regulators consider new rules limiting fire pits. Tell us what you think in our poll.

ACLU, citizens committee criticize Anaheim for rejecting district elections

“I don’t think it’s fair we worked for the whole year and they put us right where we started,” said a Citizens Advisory Committee member. “It’s a total waste.” Read the committee's report.

How a small environmental group helped close San Onofre

It was the petition that the environmental group Friends of the Earth filed with federal regulators that eventually toppled the San Onofre nuclear plant.

Ex-NRC chief questions San Onofre nuclear plant restart proposal

"When you’re operating at a reduced power level it indicates a lack of confidence,” said Gregory Jaczko, who chaired the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. “It raises a lot of questions.”

Disney employee pleads not guilty in 'dry ice bomb' explosions

Prosecutors say Christian Barnes left not one – as previously thought – but two dry ice bombs inside Disneyland on Tuesday.

UPDATE: Newport Beach mayor says teen driver exceeded 100 MPH

Newport Beach mayor Keith Curry says he's heard the car could have been going almost twice the legal speed limit, which was 55 miles per hour.

Update: Disneyland cast member arrested in dry ice explosion (video)

Police say the blast, apparently caused by dry ice in a plastic bottle, was reported at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Disneyland's Toontown area.

Boxer: Justice Department must investigate Edison, San Onofre

Boxer is asking the Justice Department to investigate whether Southern California Edison lied to regulators and the public about the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Southern California's needy start feeling sequester's cuts

Read the chart to learn how budget cuts of up to 10 percent are affecting federal programs, many of which have gone through years of reductions.

Report: Hate crimes against gays jump in Orange County

Hate crimes targeting gays and lesbians have jumped in Orange County, according to a new report released Thursday. Overall, hate crime is down in OC. Read the full report.

OC prosecutors: Rent dispute led to Maribel Ramos's death

Orange County prosecutors charged the roommate of Maribel Ramos with her murder. They said Tuesday a dispute over unpaid rent led to her death.

Police ID body of missing Orange County woman Maribel Ramos

At a press conference Friday afternoon, Orange County officials said they had identified the body discovered the day before as that of 36-year-old Maribel Ramos.