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

Tribune chief says he's interested in buying OC Register

CEO Jack Griffin took the unusual step of singling out the L.A. Times for underperforming, but said he wants to expand in CA.

Could a 2024 LA Olympics be as successful as the '84 Games?

L.A.'s 2024 committee often points to the success of the '84 Games, which turned a profit. However, that bid was negotiated under very different circumstances.

Pentagon picks Northrop Grumman to build next big bomber

The next-generation bomber is a highly classified, $55 billion project designed to replace the aging bombers with one that eventually could fly without a pilot aboard.

Could the LA Times return to local ownership?

Civic leaders are sounding the call for local control of the paper. Some are looking to Eli Broad, the 82-year-old billionaire, who's already made two offers.

With El Niño looming, should you buy flood insurance?

Since the beginning of September, Farmer's Insurance has seen a 152 percent increase in flood insurance sales in California versus the same period last year.

What the TPP means for one California auto parts maker

The full text of the agreement will not be made public for about a month. but one Southern California auto parts supplier is cautiously optimistic about the deal.

How one arcane TPP rule could affect SoCal auto parts makers

The auto parts industry provides one example of the details buried in the trade agreement that could have significant impacts on workers in the U.S.

Here's how the TPP could impact 5 SoCal industries

The 30-chapter Trans-Pacific Partnership will impact workers from many industries in the region, including agriculture, trucking, fashion, and film.

US hiring slowed in September, but better news expected for California

The Labor Department released its employment report Friday morning, and the news was disappointing to many, but economists predict a sunnier picture in California.

Why it’s so hard to pass effective gun control laws

Lasting gun legislation will take an act of congress, says one expert, but mustering enough support is difficult.

Peeple, Yelp for humans: App for 'horrible people'

Maybe you've written a review for a restaurant or hotel you loved - or hated. Well, now you can do that for your friend - or enemy.

Silicon Beach: 80 percent of office space in Playa Vista occupied by tech

Playa Vista is Santa Monica's neighbor to the south. Once an industrial hub, the community's lower rents and open space is attracting the biggest names in tech.

Report: LA housing market not a bubble, despite high prices

The latest forecast from UCLA analysts said L.A. is actually in the middle of a steady housing market recovery, not a bubble.

Amidst downturn, Shanghai tries to lure LA investors

As Chinese President Xi Jinping continued his U.S. tour Thursday, officials from Shanghai tried to sell Southern California investors on China’s biggest city.

Jobs are up in the Inland Empire, but wages are down

LA county's neighbor to the east gained 200,000 jobs since 2007. More people are working in logistics warehouses where goods from overseas are boxed and transported.