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

Atwater oil spill: There are thousands of oil pipelines all over LA

Thursday's spill of 10,000 gallons of oil from a pipeline near Atwater Village raises the question: Where are the pipelines in L.A.? The answer: Everywhere.

Does Sterling interview make it harder for NBA to kick him out?

The interview did nothing to improve Sterling's public image, but by appearing so erratic, Sterling could have helped his cause.

Accused of misleading users, Snapchat reaches settlement with FTC

The FTC announced Snapchat agreed to a settlement over charges that it mislead consumers and wasn't truthful about how it used their personal information.

What city has the world's top brand? The Guardian says LA

The inaugural Guardian Cities brand barometer is out, and Los Angeles has emerged as the winner. Take that, New York and London!

Tourists spent a record $18.4 billion in LA in 2013

About 42.2 million visitors spent money at a record pace at local businesses last year, creating 21,400 new jobs in Los Angeles.

Clippers: Celebs say they want to buy the team. Not everyone's serious

Business and civic leader Steve Soboroff sees the team as an attractive acquisition, but for those who say they want to buy the team, there are often other motivations.

Magic wants to buy Clippers, but expects Sterling to fight a sale

“I will be owning an NBA team sometime," Johnson said Wednesday. "Is the Clippers the right situation? Of course. It's one of the premiere franchises."

Famous bidders lining up to buy LA Clippers — including Oprah

Oprah Winfrey's spokesperson confirmed she's already in discussions with record-label mogul David Geffen and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison to pool their vast resources for a bid.

Mayor Garcetti to ask NBA Commissioner to act on Donald Sterling

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti has set up a conversation with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to discuss what the league can do to sanction the embattled Clippers owner.

Why it could be a long time before you see the Dodgers on TV

DirecTV and Time Warner seem to be farther apart then ever, which isn't just bad news for DirecTV subscribers. It's bad for everyone who can't watch the Dodgers.

Time Warner starts 'major' network upgrade in Los Angeles

The company announced it's upgrading its network in Covina, Cypress, Hoover, Crenshaw District, and Jefferson Park. Residential customers in Costa Mesa and West Hollywood have already received upgrades.

Will Aereo change the way we watch TV?

Aereo has been trying to make itself seem as significant as possible while strangely, some of the biggest players on the other side have been downplaying the threat.

High Rent, Few Options: Angelenos weigh their choices

With rents higher than they've ever been in Southern California, the '30 percent rule' is a distant fantasy, and Southern Californian renters are having to adapt.

Los Angeles Register debut: Good luck finding it on newsstands

The new L.A. Register's first page is heavy on pretty pictures and short on news. Most of the page is taken up by "The Register's guide to L.A.'s rooftop scene."

USC partnering with USA Today on sports business website

The USC Marshall School and the USA Today Sports Media Group are partnering to create Fields of Green, a website covering sports business.