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

Why the Dollar Shave Club deal is a win for Silicon Beach

Unilever's reported $1 billion acquisition of The Dollar Shave Club is a huge shot in the arm for L.A.'s small but growing tech industry.

Los Angeles reaches agreement with Airbnb. What's next?

Starting in August when you rent an Airbnb in L.A., you'll pay a 14 percent tax at checkout. It's expected to generate $5 million in city tax revenue for homeless services.

Why the Teamsters changed their stance on legalizing pot

Campaign records show the California Teamsters donated $25,000 in March to the Coalition for Responsible Drug Policies, an anti-legalization group. Now, they say, they're neutral on the issue.

Why Vladimir Putin wants a Hyperloop in Russia

When Elon Musk first introduced the Hyperloop, he talked about zipping passengers through tubes from San Francisco to L.A. But the project could be built overseas first.

Minimum wage workers in several cities got a raise

Minimum wage hikes went into effect in L.A., Pasadena and Santa Monica. Workers went to Grand Park to celebrate and said 50 cents more per hour will add up.

Minimum wage goes up — will LA restaurants charge more?

The increase, which goes into effect Friday, is modest – 50 cents for businesses with more than 25 employees – but it's the first in a series of yearly hikes that will top out at $15 an hour by 2020.

Why our ports aren't worried about the expanded Panama Canal

It took nine years to make Panama Canal 70 feet wider. It opens Sunday, and will enable larger cargo ships to sail from China to the east coast ports.

Why LA will be home to a new smart manufacturing institute

L.A. becomes the ninth city in the U.S. to be recognized as a manufacturing hub by the Obama Administration. Supporters say it will attract more business to the region.

Which country invests most in LA? It's not China

There are more than 9,000 foreign-owned companies in Southern California. Those firms employ 366,415 people, according to a new economic report.

Why LA County wants low-income residents to file their taxes

County supervisors say tens of thousands of low-income residents are missing out on federal and state tax credits, which can put up to $9000 in their pockets.

Rent an office space? Here's some good news.

For the past seven years, the price of commercial real estate has been climbing. But a new economic forecast from UCLA says that bull run could be ending.

In LA County supervisors contests, Barger and Hahn leading

District 5 candidate Kathryn Barger and District 4 contender Janice Hahn were leading their respective races early Wednesday morning.

In a hot real estate market, should developers get tax breaks?

The L.A. city council voted to give almost $200 million worth of tax subsidies to a developer building a four-star hotel complex downtown.

Forecast: LA County will add 350,000 jobs, but many won't pay well

The area will see 1.5 percent annual employment growth over the next five years, but many of the job gains will come in positions that don't pay well, according to a new economic forecast.

What a tougher trade policy could do to California

The candidates are talking tough on trade, and it's resonating in Southern California, where manufacturing has declined. But other local industries like logistics, trucking and farming depend on trade.