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
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.
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.
The United States Olympic Committee has chosen Boston to represent the U.S. among the finalists bidding to host the 2024 Olympics.
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.
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.
An average gallon of unleaded regular costs less than $2.75 in Los Angeles. Will cheap gas send transit riders back to their cars?
Employees at Sony learned they'd been victims of a massive hacking operation and the news keeps getting worse. One employee tells KPCC, "We've been outsmarted at every move."
An LA Times investigation has shown that Whole Foods, Walmart, and other grocers have bought produce from companies that severely mistreat their workers, in Mexico.
District Attorneys in Los Angeles and San Francisco have sued the ride sharing service Uber over sub-standard background checks on its drivers.
In the last 14 years, Los Angeles home prices have skyrocketed 121 percent, more than any metropolitan area in the country, according to UCLA researchers.
L.A. sued Uber and is sending letters to AirBnB hosts reminding them to pay occupancy taxes - signs of frustration by public officials about how to regulate the sharing economy.
One thing's for sure: The controversial Palmer has accumulated a massive real estate portfolio, including the seven-story building destroyed in a spectacular Monday fire.
Nearly two weeks after Sony Pictures was hit by a massive cyberattack, staff received an email, purportedly from the hackers, threatening employees and their families.
Libertarian radio host Larry Elder - who called himself 'The Sage from South Central' - was a fixture at KABC for nearly two decades, until he was abruptly fired.
The new LA Times publisher told local leaders it costs $75 million a year to run the newsroom, an expense the digital side is still far from being able to support.