Ben Bergman Senior Reporter, Southern California Economy

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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

Inglewood NFL stadium comes closer with signatures now verified

The Los Angeles County registrar's office verified more than 11,000 signatures to put the approval of the stadium before the city's voters.

Port operations suspended on upcoming holidays, weekend

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are temporarily suspending upcoming weekend and holiday operations as negotiations with the longshoremen's union continue to drag on.

Ports see worst congestion since 2004 because of work stoppage

A weekend stoppage caused the worst delays the ports have seen in over a decade – a queue of 31 ships – according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California.

Can LAX get as big as other top airports?

Since Gina Marie Lindsey, Executive Director of the Los Angeles World Airports, started in 2007, passenger traffic has grown by 15 percent.

Refinery strike could mean higher gas prices

“It’s very possible we may have seen the last of two dollar gasoline in the near term,” said Carl Larry director of oil and gas at consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.

Why unions lead the $15 minimum wage fight, though few members will benefit

It's unlikely most of the workers benefiting from higher minimum wages will ever be part of organized labor, but the fight could help the struggling labor movement in other ways.

Potential NFL stadium could be on Inglewood ballot by summer

Developers looking to build the stadium submit more than double the signatures needed to qualify a ballot initiative to speed the permit process for the facility.

Want a job in LA? Be a nurse, don't work in manufacturing

Los Angeles fared the worst as far as seasonally adjusted year-to-year job gains among California's major metropolitan areas.

Can Uber lower fares and have its drivers make more money?

For the first time, Uber will guarantee its partners – as it calls them - an hourly wage of $20 an hour in Los Angeles, or $26 during peak times.

LA residents need to make $33 an hour to afford the average apartment

But most L.A. salaries don't come near that, and raising the minimum wage to $15.25 an hour would not make much of a dent in the affordability problem.

LA and the $15 minimum wage: It all started accidentally at a Washington airport

The first city to enact a $15-an-hour minimum wage was SeaTac, Wash. – a tiny airport town outside Seattle – and it happened largely by accident.

Los Angeles loses 2024 Olympics bid to Boston

The United States Olympic Committee has chosen Boston to represent the U.S. among the finalists bidding to host the 2024 Olympics.

Rose Bowl 2015: Oregon vs Florida State

Thursday’s game will be different than the 100 Rose Bowls played before, because it’s a semifinal kicking off college football’s new playoff four-team playoff, which replaces the much-maligned Bowl Championship Series.

Time Warner Cable adds 'sports fee.' Thank you, Dodgers?

TWC says its cost for cable sports programming has risen 91 percent since 2008. The company's deal to create an all-Dodgers channel cost $8.3 billion.

Transit ridership drops in LA — Are low gas prices to blame?

An average gallon of unleaded regular costs less than $2.75 in Los Angeles. Will cheap gas send transit riders back to their cars?