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

Vin Scully hints he may retire after the next Dodgers season

"I’m looking to next year and thinking that should be about it,” Scully told KPCC in a recent interview. Civic leaders are considering ways to honor the baseball icon.

Woman ejected for kissing girlfriend will be at Dodgers LGBT night (updated)

Danielle Goldey was attending a Dodgers game 13 years ago with her then-girlfriend when they were kicked out of the stadium by nine security guards for kissing in public.

Avoid 'Breaking Bad' spoilers: There's an app for that!

A new app blocks references to 30 TV shows – including the AMC series "Breaking Bad" – as well as NFL and MLB games. It joins other methods to scrub Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Emmys 2013: Win or lose, Netflix has changed the TV game

Hardly anyone noticed five years ago, when rules for the Emmy’s changed to allow Internet entries. Now new distribution platforms are making waves.

Dodgers win NL West title: How do you buy postseason tickets?

If you follow the Dodgers on Twitter, you'll have a chance to buy tickets before the general public on Friday morning. Don't wait too long!

Update: California becomes first state to regulate ride-sharing apps

The California Public Utilities Commission votes unanimously to regulate ride-sharing companies and establish a new category of transportation businesses

5 years after start of Great Recession, Temecula sees a building boom

There were few areas of the U.S. harder hit than the Inland Empire by the Great Recession. But now the region is seeing housing prices soar and construction roar back.

Students to school officials: improve lunches, expand sports

This weekend 160 high school student leaders got their chance to way in on the future of L.A. schools, at a daylong forum hosted by United Way.

UPDATED: Deasy 'saddened' by departure of deputy

L.A. Unified Superintendent of Instruction Jaime Aquino decides to step down amid the biggest curriculum change in recent district history.

A refund for Time Warner CBS blackout in LA? Don't spend it yet

It’s been about a month since CBS, KCAL and Showtime have been blacked out for more than 1 million Time Warner Cable customers in Los Angeles.

What can LA fast-food workers achieve with a walk out?

Labor historians say even though the total number of protesters is relatively small, it could be the start of a significant moment for the estimated 181,000 fast-food workers in L.A.

Vin Scully to return for 65th season with the Dodgers

"I get goosebumps, the same as anyone in the stands," Scully said. "As long as I get excited — as long as I truly feel the emotion — I should still be here.”

DOT: Bus company in 210 Freeway crash has record of citations (MAP, PHOTOS)

The company involved in Thursday's crash has been cited three times for moving violations. The owner ran a similarly named company that lost its federal permit.

Cost to repair damage from July tanker crash, fire: $16.5 million

Caltrans says it will cost $16.5 million to fix the tunnel connecting the 2 Freeway to I-5, which was heavily damaged by a fiery tanker accident last month. It could reopen by Christmas.

OC Register moves into Long Beach Press-Telegram territory

The publishers of The Long Beach Register and Long Beach Press-Telegram are starting a good old-fashioned newspaper war. One analyst predicts it won't last long.