Ben Bergman Senior Reporter, Southern California Economy
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
Zaidi is Muslim, grew up in the Philippines, went to MIT for his undergrad and got a Ph.D. in behavioral economics from Berkeley.
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Mayor Eric Garcetti will announce a plan to expand and improve L.A.'s workforce centers. Another $180 million may be allotted over the next five years.
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KPCC obtained a targeted questionnaire, which avoids narrowing the choice to teams likely to move here. Instead, respondents can pick among all 32 NFL teams.
The National Hockey League confirmed he was arrested Monday morning but isn't providing other details. He will be paid during the investigation.
The Los Angeles Dodgers formally introduced the man they hope will turn things around, utilizing some of the lessons he learned on Wall Street.
New apps that help drivers auction off public parking spots are running into opposition. Santa Monica is the latest Calif. city to consider banning the practice.