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

UPDATE: New details in OC shootings; 4 dead, 3 hurt by 20-year-old student (Map)

Police now say seven people have been shot, four of whom have died, in shootings in Orange County early Tuesday morning. Investigators are searching for a motive.

After riots, Anaheim police chief tries to restore trust

It’s been more than six months since protests rocked Anaheim after two deadly police shootings. Have officers been able to restore trust with the community?

Residents question how Dorner eluded manhunt

The approach used by authorities left many residences unsearched, including the one where Dorner may have been hiding for several days.

UPDATE: San Bernardino Sheriff ID's slain deputy, says Dorner manhunt is over (Photos, Map)

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said in a Wednesday afternoon press conference that the hunt for Christopher Dorner is over.

Dorner case: Is LAPD discipline process stacked in department's favor?

Critics say officers subject to the LAPD discipline process may have difficulty making their case with police personnel sitting in judgment.

LAPD manhunt: Christopher Dorner's promising career ended with angry manifesto, fugitive status

Dorner once had the promise of a Navy and police career, but it all crumbled in disputes with co-workers. A look at what public documents, associates and Dorner himself say about the downward spiral of his life.

Sen. Boxer: Edison knew San Onofre generators were defective

Sen. Boxer is asking regulators to investigate San Onofre because she says she’s uncovered information showing the plant’s operator was aware of design flaws.

Man accused of largest Ponzi scheme in Orange County history

A Minnesota man will appear in a Santa Ana court Wednesday, accused of running the largest Ponzi scheme in Orange County history.

UPDATE: Fullerton coach and USC officer found shot in Irvine

A couple found shot to death inside a car have been identified by Irvine police as a Cal State Fullerton ass't. basketball coach and her fiancé, an ex-college basketball player.

Orange County, Navy fight Trestles historic listing

A two mile-plus stretch around Trestles beach has been known for decades as a world-class surfing spot. But is it historic? A panel will decide next week.

San Onofre 1st anniversary FAQ: Everything you need to know

San Onofre has now been closed for a year. KPCC's Ben Bergman answers all your questions about the nuclear plant, including when it might reopen.

Regulators delay decision on San Onofre nuclear plant re-start

Federal regulators have pushed back the date when they hope to decide whether to restart the San Onofre nuclear plant to late April or early May.

'There's just too much traffic': Metro hosts forum on 710 Freeway options

Metro hosted the last of three public forums, addressing whether to extend the 710 Freeway or create other transportation options in the area.

Investigation finds security lapses at Orange Juvenile Hall

An internal investigation has found repeated security lapses in a high-security unit of Juvenile Hall in Orange. OC supervisors want to know why.

Fans rejoice as Ducks return to Anaheim after lockout

Tonight for the first time in 10 months, NHL players will take to the ice in Anaheim. The Ducks face the Vancouver Canucks in their home opener.