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

Will SoCal feel the pinch from China's stock market plunge?

Money from China continues to drive growth in our local economy. But back home, Chinese investors are seeing bumps in the stock market.

California to regulate information gathered by smart TVs

On New Years Day, California will become the first state to regulate information gathered by smart TV's.

For California ski resorts, a Christmas to remember

The week between Christmas and New Years is one of the busiest times for ski resorts, and this year resorts in Northern California are being pounded with snow.

Why gas prices are falling nationwide but going up in LA

While gas prices have plummeted below two dollars a gallon in many parts of the country, in Southern California, they’re going the opposite direction.

Why the renewal of EB-5 is welcomed in LA

Congress has given new life to a controversial program that provides green cards for foreign investors, which economists say is good news for Southern California.

Why Silver Lake's Casbah Cafe is closing

Silver Lake's popular cafe abruptly closed its doors this week. Co-owner Claudia O'Sullivan said her $5,000 monthly rent was about to increase to $12,000.

Why rising interest rates won't likely hurt car sales

Interest rates inched up this week, but car shoppers wont feel it just yet. One analyst says dealerships will eat some of the loan costs, at least for awhile.

Fed lifts key interest rate from near zero

The Federal Reserve is raising interest rates after seven years of record lows. But it's signaling that further rate hikes will likely be made slowly as the economy strengthens further and muted inflation rises.

Who will be living in DTLA's new mega condos?

Units in the posh Metropolis building are selling for up to $2 million. The Chinese state-owned developer has a direct line to buyers in China.

San Diego water glut threatens to overshadow new desalination plant

A dedication ceremony will take place Monday for the first large-scale desalination plant in the state and only the second in the nation, in Carlsbad.

Ports feeling the force of Star Wars

U.S. toy imports are up 10.9 percent this year. Star Wars merchandise is a big part of that extra cargo.

Will the TPP boost Southern California manufacturing?

A top Obama administration official said Tuesday that the massive trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership will provide a boost to manufacturing.

How to not talk about terrorism

Radical Islam, jihadists, or none of the above? Take Two analyzes the way politicians and pundits talk about violent extremism.

What slowdown? California job growth stays strong

California added 41,200 jobs in October, the highest job growth in the nation, according to federal statistics released Friday.

Occidental leaders say they'll meet most protest demands

Student protestors submitted a list of 14 demands. Today Oxy's top administrators said they would meet 13 of those, but the college president will stay.