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

What Snap's wildly successful $28 billion IPO means for LA

Once employees finish buying houses and cars, they are also likely to reinvest their Snap proceeds into other early stage start-ups.

How robots could make US manufacturing competitive again

Amidst a national debate about the future of manufacturing, a new state-of-the-art Center for Advanced Manufacturing opened Friday at USC.

'A Day Without Immigrants' protest closes businesses

Some businesses closed for the day; others stayed open and pledged to contribute a share of the day's proceeds to nonprofits that aid Latino communities.

SoCal's housing shortage puts the squeeze on workers

“We have fallen way behind in terms of being able to build and develop the number of homes we need every year,” said a state official who oversees housing.

Survey: LA consumer confidence dropped after election

A new survey from Claremont McKenna College finds L.A. county residents aren't feeling as rosy about the economy since Donald Trump has been elected. However nationwide, consumer confidence has continued to surge.

Glendale would have tried to keep Nestle if given a chance

Nestle is getting $10 million in grants from Virginia and $4 million from Arlington County, which is also providing $2 million for infrastructure improvements.

H-1B visa revamp could drain SoCal's skilled-worker pool

The visa program allows foreign workers with high-level science and engineering skills to work for U.S. companies that need their expertise. California has the most positions eligible for H1-B positions in the U.S., though most are in Silicon Valley.

Post-bankruptcy, San Bernardino works to attract businesses

A federal judge formally approved San Bernardino’s bankruptcy plan Friday afternoon. Now city leaders hope the decision will bring businesses back.

LA city council approves Olympics host city contract

The council unanimously gave its final approval to hosting the 2024 Olympics. If the city is chosen, L.A. would be responsible for cost overruns, should it go over budget. Organizers say their plans would not go into the red because they'll use SoCal's existing stadiums, and not build new ones.

In just 5 months, LA collected $13 million in Airbnb taxes

Back in August, the city of Los Angeles reached a deal with Airbnb to collect a 14% tax on each property rented through the site. The city has since collected far more in tax revenue than initially expected.

The Chargers welcome themselves to LA. Will LA welcome them?

The Chargers staged a rally in Inglewood to officially introduce the team to L.A. The move is not generating the same excitement as the Rams' arrival a year ago.

The last day at American Apparel: 'Lots of people were sad'

The day American Apparel workers feared arrived this week, when about 2400 employees were told they were losing their jobs immediately.

Canadian company buys American Apparel. What's next?

The label most associated with American clothing manufacturing has been bought by a Canadian company. What will happen to American Apparel's 3500 L.A. workers?

Would the 2024 Olympics really generate $11 billion locally?

A new economic study forecasts that LA businesses, particularly in the tourism industry, would win big if the city were chosen to host the 2024 Olympic Games. But the study was paid for by LA's Olympic bid committee, so one economist says to take it with a grain of salt.

Fate of thousands of American Apparel workers decided soon

The L.A. clothing company has filed for bankruptcy protection twice and survived the ouster of its CEO. Today, it goes on the auction block. Workers are watching to see which company will make the winning bid, and whether their jobs will be saved.