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

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

LA 'sports tax': $312 a year, whether you watch games or not?

DirecTV CEO Mike White said L.A. subscribers could pay $312 a year for sports, if every team demanded terms as rich as the Dodgers and Lakers.

UCLA flood: DWP now says 20M gallons of water lost (updated)

Estimates of how much water was lost in Tuesday's water main break had been revised from 8-10 million gallons to almost 20 million gallons Wednesday.

Water shut off from main that flooded UCLA campus, Sunset Blvd. (updated)

The broken water main near the UCLA campus spewed water 30 feet into the air and sent 8 to 10 million gallons cascading from Sunset.

Time Warner willing to bring Dodgers channel to arbitration

Frustrated you can’t watch the Dodgers on TV? So is Sherman Oaks Congressman Brad Sherman, who’s calling for Time Warner and DirecTV to go to binding arbitration.

Clippers sale trial: Judge rules for Donald Sterling's wife

The verdict caps a trial that verged at times on the bizarre, as husband and wife fought a very public battle for control of the NBA team.

Want to run on the field with USC players? You can for $1,500

“It’s USC football," said one former player. "It’s supposed to be honorable in that locker room. I didn’t think you could put a price on that.”

Uber takes credit for big drop in DUIs; police are skeptical

Uber claims to have been responsible for a dramatic decline in DUI arrests, but police are skeptical the drop is the result of ridesharing.

Increase in rent control fee goes to Santa Monica voters

The Rent Control Board says without the increase it faces a $36,000 deficit next fiscal year, which would balloon to $150,000, then close to half a million dollars.

Time Warner exec doubts Dodgers deals will be made this season

A Time Warner executive doubts the company will make deals with pay-TV providers to carry the Dodgers channel this season, meaning most of L.A. won't be able to see games.

Proposed rules bad for ridesharing companies' bottom line

The lucrative business model of ridesharing companies could begin to change if the California Public Utilities Commission approves a set of new regulations Thursday.

Los Angeles has the most unaffordable housing in America

Housing is unaffordable for almost half of L.A.-area households, the highest percentage of any major city in the country, according to a new report.

Whitey Bulger: A lesson in the vanishing policy of rent control

Bulger's rent was criminally low for a Santa Monica two-bedroom on a leafy street two blocks from the ocean, just $1,145 a month. Now the same place is going for $2,972 a month.