Ben Bergman Business Reporter

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Ben Bergman reports on business for KPCC, with a focus on media, tech, and sports business.

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. There he helped launch the college's improv and sketch comedy troupes and its campus radio station.

In his free time, Bergman is an avid tennis fan and player and also enjoys working out, skiing, travelling to new places, and cheering on The Seattle Seahawks.


Stories by Ben Bergman

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.

With help from Teamsters, LA Uber drivers try to organize

Organizers are expecting up to 500 Uber drivers – supported by Teamsters Local 986 – to hold a demonstration Tuesday morning at the Uber offices in Santa Monica.

A bad sign for Uber? Company lowers rates 25 percent in LA

Uber's steep discounting points out a vulnerability for the company. What is it really selling that couldn't be duplicated by an even lower-cost competitor?

Will second Stanley Cup win make LA a hockey town?

The Kings have never been near the top of the list of LA’s most popular sports teams, but with their second Stanley Cup championship, could that change?

Kings to parade downtown; road closures in effect

“It’s like a Disney dream movie come true," said Eric Jin, who celebrated outside Staples Center. "I’m happy and I’m on cloud nine.” See a map of the parade route here.

CPUC threatens to revoke permits for ridesharing companies

The CPUC is threatening to revoke ridesharing companies' authority to operate in California if they continue to operate illegally at airports.

LA rent crisis: Why aren't there more affordable apartments?

In the second part of KPCC's ongoing series on high rents in L.A., reporter Ben Bergman looks at why there are so few affordable places to live here.

The news keeps getting worse for Kushner and the OC Register

It appears Orange County Register publisher Aaron Kushner was either not aware of the financial troubles at his company, or more likely, was being less than candid.

Will Car2Go make drivers ditch their cars?

Uber and Lyft could be seen as competitors, but Car2Go prefers to view them as complimentary; Together, they all make it much easier for drivers to ditch their cars.

Audit: LA foreclosure registry 'never operated effectively'

Los Angeles' foreclosure registry program has been flawed and "never operated effectively," according to sharply critical audit released Tuesday.

Clippers: Donald Sterling files $1B lawsuit against NBA (updated)

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has signed an agreement with Donald Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, to be the new owner of the L.A. Clippers. But Donald Sterling filed a lawsuit against the NBA Friday afternoon.

Does a $2 billion bid for the Clippers make financial sense?

If you believe multiple recent media reports unconfirmed by KPCC, the price could exceed $2 billion, an astonishing amount for a franchise once considered the NBA's laughing stock.

LA rents: County faces shortfall of 490,340 affordable homes

L.A. County has seven of the 10 ZIP codes with the worst housing overcrowding in the nation, according to a new report from the California Housing Partnership Corporation.

What gets fans to Dodger Stadium? Bobbleheads

This season the Dodgers will hand out more than twice as many promotional items as they did five years ago. Many fans decide which game to go to based on what's given away.