Ben Bergman Business Reporter

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Ben Bergman reports on business for KPCC, with a focus on media, tech, and sports business.

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. There he helped launch the college's improv and sketch comedy troupes and its campus radio station.

In his free time, Bergman is an avid tennis fan and player and also enjoys working out, skiing, travelling to new places, and cheering on The Seattle Seahawks.

Stories by Ben Bergman

Federal study to examine cancer and nuclear plant link

The National Academy of Sciences is launching a study to examine radiation levels around six nuclear power plants, including San Onofre.

Feds to study cancer risks in people living near San Onofre nuclear plant

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will study cancer risks in people living near nuclear power plants, including the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Bill Clinton stumps for Democrats in Irvine

He visited Irvine Tuesday to help Democrats locked in tight congressional races. A Republican spokesman played down the visit, saying the candidates are too extreme.

Edison conducting annual San Onofre safety test

If you live around the San Onofre nuclear plant, don’t be alarmed if you hear sirens going off Wednesday morning. It's Edison’s annual safety test of San Onofre.

Is it worth closing 73 toll road for 'Hangover 3' filming?

This weekend part of the 73 toll road in Orange County will be shut down not for construction, but so that Warner Brothers can film a scene for the Hangover 3.

Southland scouts react to release of 'Perversion Files'

There's mixed reaction from people involved with Boy Scouting on the release of the organization's so-called “Perversion Files,” documents that detail abuse allegations over decades.

OC video game companies raise millions on Kickstarter

Two Orange County video game companies use the online funding tool Kickstarter to raise millions from loyal fans to develop new games away from money pressure.

Utilities Commission proposes San Onofre Investigation

The California Public Utilities Commission has proposed an investigation to determine if ratepayers should be off the hook for the San Onofre nuclear plant.

Interjet starts non-stop service from Orange County to Mexico

Mexican carrier Interjet just launched daily non-stop service from John Wayne Airport to Mexico City and Guadalajara. It is the airline’s first West Coast destination.

Surfers, religions come together for 'Blessing of the Waves'

Blessing of the Waves is hosted by the Diocese of Orange, which has brought together Jews, Muslims, Christians, Unitarians and Sikhs to bless the ocean.

George L. Pla led team that planned shuttle route

George L. Pla is the president and CEO of Cordoba Corporation, the Southern California-based civil engineering firm that planned Endeavour’s journey on city streets.

Planning for the worst without San Onofre's nuclear power

There’s a possibility the San Onofre plant will be scaled down – or will maybe never power up again. What does that mean for our energy supply?

San Onofre nuclear plant FAQ: All you need to know

This week, the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds a meeting about the future of San Onofre. Here are some FAQs about the plant.

NRC to listen to concerns over San Onofre nuclear plant

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is holding a public meeting in Dana Point to discuss the future of the San Onofre nuclear plant.

UPDATE: SoCal Edison says San Onofre nuclear plant is safe

Edison wants to operate Unit 2 at 70 percent power. The company said it will shut down the reactor after five months for inspections.