Ben Bergman Senior Reporter, Southern California Economy

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Ben Bergman is KPCC's Senior Reporter on the Southern California Economy.

He’s a frequent contributor to NPR and Marketplace, and often hosts Southern California Public Radio’s daily two-hour newsmagazine, Take Two, as well as Morning Edition and major breaking news coverage for the station.

Bergman has reported extensively on the NFL's return to Los Angeles after a 20 year absence, the campaign to bring the 2024 Olympics to Southern California, L.A.’s housing affordability problem, and the city’s adoption of a $15 minimum wage.

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, traveling to new places, and cheering on The Seattle Seahawks.

Stories by Ben Bergman

Tour bus safety: Casinos look the other way, regulators overwhelmed

Casino buses are part of a booming business in California, but as these buses have soared in popularity, a KPCC investigation found regulation has become more lax.

Tour bus safety: Regulators struggle to keep up with casino bus boom

Tour buses can now be found in almost every casino parking lot in California. A recent string of accidents has raised questions about safety.

Foster Farms has a cockroach problem. How can it recover?

The USDA said it found “egregious insanitary conditions” at the Livingston plant, with inspectors seeing cockroaches on five separate visits in recent months.

Record number of tourists visit Los Angeles, again

Most visitors, by far, came from elsewhere in the U.S. (36 million) but of the 6.2 million who visited from abroad, most came from China.

Rose Bowl 2014: A win for local businesses

The 2013 Rose Bowl and Rose Parade generated more than $300 million in economic activity. They are especially beneficial because most attendees are from out of town.

53,865 in Los Angeles county to lose unemployment benefits

A third of the 712,000 people who receive unemployment benefits in California are long-term unemployed whose federal extensions are scheduled to run out Saturday.

Bus company behind bus that crashed in Baldwin Park had checkered past

The company that operates a tour bus that crashed Monday morning on its way back from a casino, injuring 13, had raised safety concerns at the CHP. Drivers for the company were pulled over for inspections 17 times over the past two years.

Umami Burger plots global expansion

“It wasn’t designed to be a small brand,” said Umami founder and CEO Adam Fleischman. “It was designed to be global brand from the outset."

Fisher-Price iPad baby seat: Dangerous? A joke? What do you think?

Fisher-Price promises the seat will “stimulate and engage baby…while protecting your iPad from sticky fingers.” Critics say they can't imagine a worse idea. What's your take?

Want tickets to the BCS Championship or Rose Bowl? Wait

Both games are already sold-out, but in the ticket resale market, prices are going in opposite directions compared to last year.

Economist: Southern California 'worst' place in US to rent

An economist said the standard advice that no more than 30 percent of monthly income should be devoted to rent is simply not realistic for most people in Southern California.

Ride-share service Uber delivered Christmas trees for a day — for $135

Uber, normally a ride-sharing company, allowed customers to order Christmas trees in 10 U.S. cities Thursday, in partnership with The Home Depot.

'Cord cutting' drives Time Warner to offer deals

Time Warner promotes cable TV with HBO for $29.99 a month

Ruling in Detroit bankruptcy could be felt in California

A decision by a U.S. bankruptcy judge in Michigan earlier this week could have far-reaching implications for municipal workers and cities in California.

USC football: A delicate dance to keep big donors happy

USC introduced new football coach Steve Sarkisian to members of the media Tuesday. To succeed he will have to not only win over reporters – but also big donors.