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

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.

Iraq War 10 years later: Iraqi refugees struggle to adjust in Orange County (Photos)

An increasing number of Iraqis are arriving in Orange County, some 1,600 a year. But the challenges of living in American can be significant. Part of a series on the Iraq war.

281,000 voters removed from active rolls in Orange County

The number of voters declared inactive is more than the total number for every other county in the state combined.

Tournaments fear Ellison spending too much on Indian Wells

At first, Ellison was seen as a huge boon to pro tennis, but now some tournament owners complain that the billionaire has been spending too much.

Earthquake rattles tennis players' nerves in Indian Wells (MAP)

Monday morning's earthquake was felt by many, including some of the world’s top tennis players, who are competing at tournament near Palm Springs.

Boxer: New documents show San Onofre cut corners on safety (PDF)

Federal regulators have released documents that Sen. Barbara Boxer says show that the operator of the San Onofre nuclear plant tried to shortchange safety.

Newport Beach bonfires could be extinguished before summer

The Coastal Commission postponed a decision on Newport Beach's fire rings until the agency that oversees air quality decides if bonfires should be exempt.

Newport Beach fire rings: Smoke hazard or smokescreen? (Photos)

Newport Beach has been trying to remove the popular fire rings that line its beaches for years. But the California Coastal Commission is expected to deny the city’s request. Read the report.