Ben Bergman Senior Reporter, Southern California Economy

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Ben Bergman is KPCC's Senior Reporter on the Southern California Economy.

He’s a frequent contributor to NPR and Marketplace, and often hosts Southern California Public Radio’s daily two-hour newsmagazine, Take Two, as well as Morning Edition and major breaking news coverage for the station.

Bergman has reported extensively on the NFL's return to Los Angeles after a 20 year absence, the campaign to bring the 2024 Olympics to Southern California, L.A.’s housing affordability problem, and the city’s adoption of a $15 minimum wage.

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, traveling to new places, and cheering on The Seattle Seahawks.


Stories by Ben Bergman

Will California lose 700,000 jobs due to $15 minimum wage?

Florida Governor Rick Scott visited Los Angeles Monday, and used that statistic as he tried to convince local businesses they would be better off in his state.

No, immigrants aren't to blame for high crime in California

During his first campaign rally in Southern California, Trump noted a sharp rise in local crime rates and blamed immigrants. We wanted to check out those claims.

Protests get violent as Costa Mesa Trump rally draws to a close

Anti-Trump protesters stormed the streets outside the Pacific Amphitheater where Donald Trump held his first campaign rally in Southern California.

Aerospace plant to leave SoCal before minimum wage hike

“This is the last thing I want to do, but I don’t see that I have a choice," said Fred Donnelly, president of California Composites.

Steve Julian, longtime voice of KPCC's Morning Edition, dies at 57

"He was a singular talent," said Julian's best friend for over three decades, Larry Mantle, host of KPCC's AirTalk. "He is completely irreplaceable."

How aerospace is making a comeback in Southern California

For decades, aerospace was the backbone of the local economy. That changed when the Cold War ended and thousands lost their jobs. Now, the industry is growing again.

Why Sports Chalet is closing all its stores

The parent company of Sports Chalet filed for bankruptcy Monday, two days after announcing all its stores are closing, many of which are in Southern California.

Pro Tip: Income taxes aren't due 'til Monday

Aaron Martinez, a Beverly Hills-based tax advisor for H&R Block, says about half his clients have been coming in, not aware that they have until Monday to file.

Why you can't grow medical marijuana in some parts of LA

The cultivation of medical marijuana exists in a legal grey area and for the next 45 days it's illegal in unincorporated areas of LA county.

Did Tesla actually have the best product launch in history?

Tesla boasts that its Model 3 all-electric sedan broke sales records — not just for a car but for any product ever. Can that possibly be true?

Why California's economy looks better than the country's

You can expect the state's GDP to grow faster than the nation's as California keeps adding jobs. But the forecast isn't all sunshine.

What it takes to land a manufacturing job today

Despite nationwide declines, manufacturing has held its own in the LA area, with more than 500,000 workers. But to land a job in the future, you'll need new skills.

Want to find a woman-owned business? Try the Inland Empire

The number of women-owned businesses has increased across California — especially in one region.

Why the OC Register is coveted by newspaper companies

Bidding that could help determine the future of the media landscape in Southern California is expected to start Wednesday. At stake: who owns the OC Register.

Why LA's ports had their busiest February ever

Despite signs of economic slowdown, the ports of LA and Long Beach said they lugged more cargo than ever before in February. But a slowdown could be coming.