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

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.

Sequester: Southland defense contractors scale back before automatic cuts

The automatic “sequestration” spending cuts aren’t scheduled to go into effect until tomorrow, but already Southland defense contractors are scaling back.

Controllers: LAX arrivals could be cut 20% without deal

Air traffic controllers are warning the budget gridlock in Washington could mean gridlock at LAX and other airports, with major flight delays on the way.

Local airports brace for sequestration delays

To save hundreds of millions of dollars, the FAA is preparing to furlough staff and close air traffic control towers. What could that mean for your next flight?

PHOTOS: Funeral for Lakers owner Jerry Buss (updated)

A private memorial service for L.A. Lakers owner Jerry Buss is being held Thursday at the Nokia Theatre, with many of the team's greatest names among the expected speakers.

UPDATE: Orange County shootings: Authorities ID female victim of Ali Syed's rampage

Orange County sheriffs named Courtney Aoki of Buena Park during a Wednesday press conference as the woman killed during a shooting rampage in Orange County Tuesday.

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.