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

Study: Beach fire pollution can equal a long-distance truck trip

Are beach bonfires in the Southland harmful to your health? A new study suggests 'yes,' but there's disagreement whether that means beach fires should be banned. Read the full study.

Orange County won't bill hikers for $160,000 rescue

Supervisors concluded they don't have the authority to bill two young hikers for the cost to rescue them last month, but supervisors could change the law next week.

Panel delivers setback to San Onofre nuclear plant restart plans

Environmental groups may have gotten their wish of grinding San Onofre's restart process to a halt. Southern California Edison wanted the plant generating electricity again this summer.

Orange County officials brace for potential $73 million budget gap

The $5.4 billion budget doesn’t include the cuts the county will have to make if it has to pay the state the tens of millions of dollars a judge tentatively ruled it owes.

Panel: Anaheim should vote on district elections for city council

Anaheim voters should decide whether to elect city council members by district, according to a recommendation by the citizens advisory committee, which holds its final meeting tomorrow.

Police search for missing CSU Fullerton student, Iraq War vet

Orange police want the public’s help to find a Cal State Fullerton student and Iraq war veteran who’s been missing since last week. "There's no trace of her," her sister said.

Without San Onofre, a 'potentially very scary summer' for energy supply

"We still have local reliability concerns focused on the LA basin, Southern Orange County, and San Diego County. We’re going to be watching that very closely,” a Cal ISO spokesman said. Read the full report.

Jonah Mowry's journey from bullied teen to YouTube to award winner

Lake Forest teen Jonah Mowry used YouTube to not only stop the constant bullying he faced, but also to become a national advocate. He will now be recognized for his work.

Despite 'nightmare' season, a dream for Lakers broadcasters

This season was the first of a 20-year, $3 billion deal TimeWarner signed with the Lakers. The head of the channel says 'we've overachieved.'

A look inside Disney's effort to hire 3,000 veterans

'Not since World War II has there been a better time to be a veteran,' said Disney's director of veteran hiring at recent Disney-sponsored job fair.

Bill requiring oversight of trampoline parks advances

After complaints about catastrophic injuries, a State Senate committee approves a first-of-its-kind measure to give Cal-OSHA oversight of trampoline parks.

Riverside approves plan to let inmates join fire crews

Riverside will become the first county in California to allow inmates to join state fire fighting crews, after a unanimous vote by county supervisors.

The Congressman will see you now: Rep. Ruiz comes home

Politico says Ruiz's win underscored the theme of the 2012 election: the growing sway of Latinos in American politics. And Ruiz makes sure his office takes care of his constituents.

Coachella 2013 fatigue: Why weekend 2 prices are cheapest ever (UPDATED)

Weak line-up? Second weekend fatigue? A sandstorm? KPCC's Ben Bergman presents three theories about why prices are falling. Weigh-in with your own.

Coachella 2013: A wind storm, mirages, tent parties and art (Photos)

Coachella's eventful first weekend ended with a blinding desert sandstorm.