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

Hiring in Los Angeles expected to lag rest of state

Employers know that candidates might be receiving lots of job offers, so they’re having to offer more generous wages and benefits to attract employees.

Why Warner Bros is cutting jobs: Call it the 'Murdoch defense'

The company cited the need to operate as efficiently as possible, which could be translated as: "We need to protect ourselves against Rupert Murdoch."

Why are electric vehicle sales slowing down?

Car sales as a whole are up 5% this year but it’s the inverse for electric car sales, which are off 4.8%, according to a new analysis from

LA minimum wage hike could affect 4 in 10 LA workers, boost economy

A UC Berkeley study found that 567,000 workers – 37 percent of L.A.'s salaried and hourly non-government workers – would get a raise if the minimum wage is increased to $13.25.

1 in 6 jobs in California construction part of underground economy

The study from the Economic Roundtable found the number of construction workers in the underground economy has increased 400-percent since 1972.

LA's Garcetti has big concerns about Time Warner/Comcast deal

In his letter, Mayor Garcetti stopped short of opposing the merger, but he wrote that the FCC needs to put in place significant safeguards before it approves the deal.

For California, Bank of America settlement might not be as good as it seems

Bank of America reached the largest government settlement in American history Thursday, but for California, the deal might not be as good as it seems.

Study: OC has shortfall of 118,895 affordable homes

When it comes to affordable housing, Orange County isn't as bad as Los Angeles county, but it's still pretty bad.

Anheuser-Busch chooses Dodger Stadium to debut Mexican import

The megabrewer is billing the launch of Montejo as its first import from Mexico. It also says this is the first time a major new beer has made its debut at a sports venue.

LA rent: New UCLA study confirms LA is least affordable city in US

A new study shows that the average renter in Los Angeles devotes 47 percent of his or her paycheck to rent.

Haden unsurprised by O'Bannon decision, but what's the decision?

O'Bannon argued college players should be allowed to profit off their own likeness, but the judge's decision has left people scratching their heads.

Taking a look inside Russia's 'Silicon Forest'

Mention Siberia, and perhaps this conjures up images of gulags, or endless stretches of snow, but believe it or not, there's other things there.

Uber, Lyft and Sidecar go after the carpooling crowd

Could ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft become more convenient? They hope so, as they're going after the commuter crowd with new carpooling features.

Developer backs down on West Hollywood 'poor door'

The developer of a mixed-use building in West Hollywood that planned to restrict tenants living in affordable housing units from accessing a pool says it will reconsider.

Dodgers TV blackout a windfall for Angels

The Angels scored their highest TV rating of the season Monday night against the Dodgers, and their second-best rating ever on Fox Sports