Ben Bergman Senior Reporter, Southern California Economy

Ben Bergman
Contact Ben Bergman

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

LAX Shooting: Suspected shooter Ciancia could face death penalty

The official complaint by the federal government against suspected shooter Paul Anthony Ciancia was filed Saturday in U.S. District Court in California. He could face the death penalty for killing TSA agent Gerardo Hernandez, pictured above.

Hundreds of thousands left Time Warner Cable during CBS dispute

Time Warner may concede they lost the battle, but not the war, according to analyst David Bank, who says to buckle up for more disputes.

Who is Haim Saban and why is he hosting Hillary Clinton in SoCal?

Hillary Clinton is headlining a $15,000 per-plate lunch at the Beverly Hills home of Haim and Cheryl Saban, a crucial stop for the Clintons and other top Democrats.

Trend of USC 'celebrity professors' worries some

“I don’t think it’s how I would like my tuition dollars spent," said Sara Newman, a USC sophomore, who wrote about the growing inequality in faculty salaries.

Al Jazeera America is coming to LA: Will people watch?

The new cable deal will make the Al Jazeera America channel available in an additional 11 million households in the important L.A. and New York markets.

Ban on elephant bullhooks might end circus performances in LA (poll)

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to ban the use of the tools in wrangling elephants, which animal-rights advocates call cruel.

Tired of Dodgers indecision, Mattingly says he may not return

“I love it here," Mattingly told reporters. "But I don’t want to be anywhere you’re not wanted.” The Dodgers manager is in the final year of his three-year contract.

Dodgers defeat Cardinals to keep World Series hopes alive

The Dodgers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 in Game 5 Los Angeles as the Cardinals failed to wrap up a spot in the World Series.

Dodgers playoffs: 1 more loss to St. Louis ends LA's season

For much of this often-magical Dodgers season, there was so much to cheer. But Tuesday night, fans booed their own team, or let out the sound of collective anguish during a 4-2 loss.

LA Dodgers beat Cardinals 3-0, now trail St. Louis 2-games-to-1

“I think the playoffs are one-day momentum swings," manager Don Mattingly said after the game. "Right now I feel like we’ve kind of grabbed it.”

Dodgers vs Cardinals FAQ: What you need to know about the NLCS

Friends are wearing more blue and using terms like "ERA." Why? The Dodgers are playing for a championship again. Here's what you should know to jump on the blue bandwagon.

LA Housing Authority CEO warns about impact of budget cuts

The head of the Housing Authority of L.A. warned of “catastrophic” effects if the government defaults on its debt, but the effects of the shutdown are more muted.

The Voice of the Dodgers talks with Ben Bergman

KPCC's Ben Bergman sat down to talk with Dodger legend Vin Scully about his life and career.

Dodgers playoffs: Behind the scenes with the legendary Vin Scully

Vin Scully tells KPCC that – with only rare exceptions – he’s never listened to anyone else call a game. "I’d be watering my wine,” he said.

Timeline: A look back at Vin Scully's career

Vin Scully joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950. Though he's taken on network assignments and even hosted game shows, he's always been the voice of The Dodgers. View some other notable dates in Scully's life and career in broadcasting.