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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

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.

The DEA invites people to turn in their prescription drugs

The DEA is inviting people to bring in leftover prescription drugs, no questions asked. There are dozens of collection sites in the LA area and Orange County.

No criminal charges in officer shooting of Marine

The Orange County District Attorney has cleared the sheriff's deputy who fatally shot a marine in San Clemente earlier this year of any wrongdoing.

Garden Grove has been hit by a rash of metal thefts

Garden Grove officials are asking for the public’s help in stopping the theft of metal that thieves have been stealing more of as the price of scrap metal goes up.

3rd Fullerton ex-officer charged in Thomas death

The Orange County District Attorney has charged another ex-Fullerton Police Officer, Joseph Wolfe, in the beating death of Kelly Thomas.