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 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

Obama's immigration plan doesn't fix tech hiring problems

The executive order couldn't do what tech companies want most - increase the quota of H1-B visas allowing U.S. companies to hire highly skilled foreign workers.

Dodgers hire 'Moneyball' protege Farhan Zaidi as GM

Zaidi is Muslim, grew up in the Philippines, went to MIT for his undergrad and got a Ph.D. in behavioral economics from Berkeley.

LA's more labor-friendly Board of Supervisors stirs concerns

The LA Chamber of Commerce warned that supervisor candidate Sheila Kuehl answered to pro-labor interests. With her in office, they strike a more conciliatory tone.

LA's Internet cost, speed ranked among the worst worldwide

Checking in with the co-author of "The Cost of Connectivity" report, L.A. shows up near the bottom of the heap, for slow Internet speeds and high-cost plans.

Los Angeles gets $36 million to help people find jobs

Mayor Eric Garcetti will announce a plan to expand and improve L.A.'s workforce centers. Another $180 million may be allotted over the next five years.

Halloween costumes: 5 rules for what you should and shouldn't wear

Just in time for last-minute Halloween costume shoppers, we have a list of etiquette tips to help you find something appropriate, edgy and fun.

Minimum wage: One deli owner says a hike could put him out of business

In the debate over Mayor Garcetti's proposed minimum wage, Jeff Kavin, the owner of Greenblatt’s Deli, says it would hurt his business.

Data breaches up sharply in California, new report says

The most frequently stolen and lucrative data for thieves are social security numbers, which accounted for nearly half of incidents last year.

What it's like treating Ebola patients in Liberia

If you got an email asking if you would fly to West Africa to help treat Ebola patients, would you go?Nurse Bridget Mulrooney did and the decision changed her life.

Why an Inland Empire city became home to warehouses and $2.36 million bribes

Moreno Valley, located deep in the Inland Empire, is a major artery of commerce that's home to many warehouses. But it's also a home to political corruption where the FBI paid out the largest bribe ever in a sting to catch a public official: $2.36 million.

Weekend on the cheap: Halloween food fest in K-Town, the Brewery Art Walk, and more

This week, put a science carnival, an art walk in a converted brewery and vegan wellness food in downtown LA all into your planner.

Will LAX follow SFO to lift a ban on ridesharing services?

UberX and Lyft ridesharing companies are setting their sights on lifting restrictions at LAX, emboldened by a new agreement with San Francisco International Airport.

New survey: Which NFL team should relocate to Los Angeles?

KPCC obtained a targeted questionnaire, which avoids narrowing the choice to teams likely to move here. Instead, respondents can pick among all 32 NFL teams.

Kings support suspension after Voynov's domestic violence arrest

The National Hockey League confirmed he was arrested Monday morning but isn't providing other details. He will be paid during the investigation.

Will new Dodgers leader Andrew Friedman shrink the payroll?

The Los Angeles Dodgers formally introduced the man they hope will turn things around, utilizing some of the lessons he learned on Wall Street.