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 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

LA suit says firms are dealing in stolen catalytic converters

“California has more catalytic converter theft than any state in the nation, a problem that’s plagued L.A. motorists for far too long,” said City Attorney Mike Feuer.

Shippers and online retailers brace for National Return Day

It was a record-breaking holiday season for online shopping, and now that the gift wrap has cleared, customers are boxing up their returns and exchanges. UPS says Jan. 5 will be their biggest return day of the year, with their employees handling 1.3 million return packages.

Rain, security concerns don't dampen Rose Parade

Spectators were treated to 44 colorful floats and 22 marching bands. The undisputed viral hit of the parade was a float with dogs surfing.

California's Fair Pay Act will get tougher in 2017

In 2015, California passed one of the toughest equal pay laws in the country. That law is about to get an update, extending protections to employees of color.

After a dismal season, will Rams fans return?

Many Los Angeles Rams season ticket holders have not been showing up to games and have had trouble unloading their tickets, with prices on the secondary market as low as $30.

Trump names UC Irvine professor to lead trade council

UC Irvine professor and economist Peter Navarro will serve as head of the new White House National Trade Council and as director of trade and industrial policy.

Why California's unemployment rate is stabilizing

Since 2010, the state has added more than 2 million jobs, taking the unemployment rate from 12.2 to 5.3 percent. Economists say it's likely to stay in this range in future months.

What became of the hundreds of laid off hotel workers

When the Century Plaza Hotel closed, 600 people lost their jobs. Many have gotten job training, funded by a state grant. KPCC will follow them as they navigate LA's competitive job market.

Trump's labor pick is no fan of California's overtime, rest break rules

Trump tapped Andrew Puzder, who runs the parent company for Carl's Jr. Despite the burger chain's long history in California, Puzder said they would grow elsewhere.

San Bernardino is exiting bankruptcy. Here's what comes next

A federal judge said she would approve the city’s bankruptcy plan. Here are some questions and answers about the settlement and what happens next.

Why there's a shopping center arms race in LA

As online sales grow by double digits, the business people behind your local mall are putting big money into upscale renovations to keep you coming through the door.

6 ways Trump's win could change California's economy

Like just about everyone else, economists at the UCLA Anderson Forecast were assuming Hillary Clinton would win. Now they have to recalibrate.

Why LA's Olympic budget is different than other bids

When cities submit their budgets to the IOC, there are typically two parts: One for the cost of building venues and another for operating the venues. L.A.'s bonus: No need to build venues.

Treasury pick under scrutiny for housing discrimination

Donald Trump's pick for Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, ran Pasadena-based OneWest Bank. Housing advocates allege the bank discriminated against local minorities.

More Californians will get overtime pay next year

Millions of American workers are waiting for federal overtime requirements to be sorted out in court. But that legal fight will have little impact in California.