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

Coachella 2013: About last night, a giant snail, and how Daft Punk stole the show

KPCC's Ben Bergman sums up the first night's performances with a tidy "Jurassic 5 returns, Stone Roses fall flat."

(Live video) Coachella 2013, 1st weekend, 1st day: Welcome! Now wait in line

Ben Bergman is our man on the ground. Soon the sun will own him, but here is his first, and likely his most lucid, transmission from Indio, CA.

Coachella 2013: Indio wants to share in music festival's success

During the past few years, Indio and Coachella’s fortunes went in opposite directions. That’s made city leaders eager to capitalize on the music festival’s success.

UPDATE: 2nd missing hiker found alive, searcher in intensive care (MAP)

One rescuer was in the hospital with head injuries from a fall. Search crews rescued an 18-year-old woman who had been missing for days in a Southern California forest a day after her 19-year-old companion was also found.

OC Register puts up paywall. Is it a smart move?

Almost a year after the LA Times started charging readers for online access, the Orange County Register jumps on the paywall bandwagon.

Relatives say Echo Park man shot by LAPD posed no threat

David Martinez was out with his wife buying tacos when he ran into police. LAPD officers said they thought he was going to shoot them.

UPDATE: Police ID suspect in kidnapping of Northridge girl

FBI and police have identified 30-year-old Tobias Dustin Summers as a suspect in the kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl from her home in Northridge.

UCLA picks Steve Alford for new men's basketball coach

The Bruins lured Alford from New Mexico days after he signed a new 10-year deal with the Lobos.

Bunny 'foster care' aims to protect our Easter icon

Every year we are reminded that, as cute as they are, bunnies don't make good Easter gifts. But those reminders often go unheeded.

Air quality board to consider ending beach fire exemption

Should beach fires be banned in Southern California? That’s the question before air quality regulators Thursday.

More Dorner reward donors consider withdrawing pledges

The record-setting bounty for Christopher Dorner is shrinking, with at least one donor refusing to pay - and others reconsidering their pledge.

Ailing San Onofre nuclear power plant eyes summer restart

Operator Southern California Edison says it might seek a rewrite of the plant's operating rules that, if approved, would allow the Unit 2 reactor to run at reduced power.

Family members protest Anaheim officer cleared in shooting

Family members and supporters quietly protested an Anaheim officer cleared in the shooting of Manuel Diaz, which sparked last summer's riots.

Anaheim officer 'justified' in fatal shooting that sparked unrest

An eight-month investigation concludes Anaheim officer "reasonably" believed Manuel Diaz had a gun and was targeting him. No gun was found.

Regulators delay San Onofre decision, again

Federal regulators have once again pushed back their timeline for deciding if they’ll allow the San Onofre nuclear plant to reopen.