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

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.

Convention center expansion continues, without stadium funding

Three years ago, AEG signed an agreement with the city, promising future funds from a downtown stadium would finance a new $350 wing of the convention center.

Inglewood NFL stadium: Moody's agrees new tax revenue could be a 'game changer'

The proposed stadium in Inglewood gets the attention of credit ratings agency Moody's, which echoes the revenue projections made by the project's supporters.

With LA Fight Club, De La Hoya tries to attract new fans to boxing

Can boxing appeal to a new demographic? Oscar De La Hoya, the promoter of a new monthly card that debuts Friday in downtown Los Angeles hopes so.

Elections 2015: Candidates avoid LA's real problem, its structural deficit

The L.A. City Council has limited control over the budget anyway, 45 percent of which is restricted. Police and fire gobble up 69 percent of what they do control.

Bypassing voters, Inglewood approves NFL stadium (updated)

Saying it was an opportunity too good to wait on, Inglewood’s City Council decided Tuesday night to approve a proposal for an 80,000-seat NFL stadium outright.

Dispatch from a union town: San Pedro and the ILWU

At the center of a months-long labor dispute is the ILWU. Never mind car manufacturers, just ask shop owners in San Pedro how powerful it is.

New NFL team would likely have little economic impact

We talk about sports a lot, and we pay a lot of attention to them, but when it comes to the economic benefits teams generate, the impact is minuscule.

$5 billion of produce could be lost because of port gridlock

Increasing delays in moving cargo are getting costly for California exporters, especially for growers, which are experiencing the worst delays in 13 years.

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.