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

Can Uber lower fares and have its drivers make more money?

For the first time, Uber will guarantee its partners – as it calls them - an hourly wage of $20 an hour in Los Angeles, or $26 during peak times.

LA residents need to make $33 an hour to afford the average apartment

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.

LA and the $15 minimum wage: It all started accidentally at a Washington airport

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.

Los Angeles loses 2024 Olympics bid to Boston

The United States Olympic Committee has chosen Boston to represent the U.S. among the finalists bidding to host the 2024 Olympics.

Rose Bowl 2015: Oregon vs Florida State

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.

Time Warner Cable adds 'sports fee.' Thank you, Dodgers?

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.

Transit ridership drops in LA — Are low gas prices to blame?

An average gallon of unleaded regular costs less than $2.75 in Los Angeles. Will cheap gas send transit riders back to their cars?

Sony hack: Obama pledges proportional response; insiders speak out

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."

LA Times uncovers worker abuse by supermarket vendors

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.

Cities sue Uber over safety standards

District Attorneys in Los Angeles and San Francisco have sued the ride sharing service Uber over sub-standard background checks on its drivers.

LA home price increases outpace other metropolitan areas

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.

Frustrated LA officials crack down on Uber, AirBnB

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.

Downtown fire: Is developer Geoffrey Palmer destroying LA? Or is he a hero?

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.

Sony employees 'on edge' after threatening email

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.

Why was Larry Elder fired from KABC? Station won't tell him

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.