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

San Bernardino is exiting bankruptcy. Here's what comes next

A federal judge said she would approve the city’s bankruptcy plan. Here are some questions and answers about the settlement and what happens next.

Why there's a shopping center arms race in LA

As online sales grow by double digits, the business people behind your local mall are putting big money into upscale renovations to keep you coming through the door.

6 ways Trump's win could change California's economy

Like just about everyone else, economists at the UCLA Anderson Forecast were assuming Hillary Clinton would win. Now they have to recalibrate.

Why LA's Olympic budget is different than other bids

When cities submit their budgets to the IOC, there are typically two parts: One for the cost of building venues and another for operating the venues. L.A.'s bonus: No need to build venues.

Treasury pick under scrutiny for housing discrimination

Donald Trump's pick for Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, ran Pasadena-based OneWest Bank. Housing advocates allege the bank discriminated against local minorities.

More Californians will get overtime pay next year

Millions of American workers are waiting for federal overtime requirements to be sorted out in court. But that legal fight will have little impact in California.

What a Trump presidency means for SoCal home prices

The five year rise in Southern California housing prices could be coming to an end and homeowners thinking about selling may want to act sooner rather than later.

Retailers have more trouble finding seasonal workers

Competition from other industries has left them scrambling to fill holiday jobs.

Why it's getting more expensive to do business in California

In its annual "cost of doing business" survey, Claremont McKenna College ranked the 20 most expensive cities in the West for business owners – 12 are in California.

Feds find 85 percent of LA garment factories break wage rules

Wage violations have long been commonplace in the fashion industry, but officials say the number of violations are now at record highs.

California economy faces uncertainty under Trump presidency

Trump's protectionist policies could likely hurt California more than other states since so much of its economy is driven by international trade.

LA voters hit the polls early; some report delays

Voters lined up before polls opened to cast their ballots before work. Some polling places faced longer-than-usual lines, and a handful reported voting delays because of technical problems.

South Pasadena considers rent control after tenants protest

The small, affluent city of South Pasadena has become the latest battleground over skyrocketing rents in Southern California.

LA leaders still eyeing financial risks of a 2024 Olympics

As the city continues its campaign to host the games, its leaders are working through the finer details to protect against cost overruns.

When it comes to tax measures, voters tend to be unselfish

Why do so many tax measures pass? Research says it's because voters don't focus on how higher taxes will impact them. But just in case you're wondering, we've done the math.