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

Garcetti wants Airbnb to help solve LA's affordability crisis

In his State of the City address, the mayor pledged to replenish the Affordable Housing Trust Fund by levying a 14 percent tax on Airbnb rentals.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott's visit to California: Fact vs fiction

The Florida governor brought a message to local business leaders to lure them away. Here are some of the things he said and how they square with reality.

LA lags in effort to create 20,000 green jobs by 2017

Garcetti's office says the city has created 4,800 jobs so far and will add far more in the coming two years, as L.A. builds transit projects and deals with a drought.

SoCal economic forecast: More businesses coming than going

Companies leaving is never good news, but Toyota's decision to move 3,000 jobs out of Torrance a little more than a year ago was an outlier and not part of a trend, according to a new report.

Opening Day 2015: Still little hope for a Dodgers TV deal

It’s the beginning of a fresh start for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Unfortunately, it’s the same old story for fans who still can’t watch most games on TV.

NFL to LA: Why the Carson study is way too optimistic

Economic impact studies involving sports stadiums are often very flawed. Economists say the new Carson study is no exception.

NFL: Moving to LA won't be easy for Kroenke

More than 13 million people live in greater Los Angeles, compared to less than 3 million in St. Louis, but in the NFL bigger is not necessarily better.

NFL in LA: How labor and stadium developers struck a deal

Labor got a guarantee that nearly all jobs will be union once the stadium is up running – including janitors, trash collectors, and parking attendants.

Metro adds a new mission: Lowering LA rents

Metro's board votes to set aside 35 percent of land it no longer needs to be used for affordable housing.

Carson stadium supporters declare 'mission accomplished'

Residents held what they called a “Petition Mission Accomplished Parade’ to celebrate gathering more than 15,000 signatures in support of a future NFL stadium

Labor and stadium developers negotiate down to the wire

As a negotiating tactic, labor has been gathering signatures to force Inglewood to put the stadium to a citywide vote, which could cause the project to fall behind Carson's.

NFL in LA: AEG tries to derail other stadium efforts. But why?

AEG announced it was abandoning plans for an NFL stadium downtown, but that hasn’t stopped the company from trying to stop other stadium projects in L.A. County.

How James Butts made Inglewood LA's unlikely NFL frontrunner

“It’s easy to discount a city that now is mostly black and brown,” said Butts. “No one would believe that — ‘How could they play in this billion-dollar sweepstakes?'”

Florida wants to take business from ports of LA and Long Beach

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is leading a trade delegation to California next month, trying to lure business away from the state's ports.

Organized labor puts the heat on Inglewood NFL stadium

A petition appears to be a move to force developers to sign an agreement stating they will not only use union workers in construction, but also during operation.