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

Drought: Temecula vineyards face 10 percent water cut

Grape growers say the cut won't hurt their yields, but they warn that additional cuts would be difficult to manage

2 months after ports dispute, some still await shipments

It’s been more than two months since a labor dispute between dockworkers and shippers ended, but headaches for some local businesses have not ended.

Should doctors have to consider the cost of treatments?

If doctors know best, shouldn't they be considering ways to help cost conscious clients? Rebecca Plevin joins the show to talk about negotiating healthcare pricing.

Drought: As residents cut water use, local businesses see green

California’s four-year drought has resulted in thousands of job losses – mostly at farms. But the drought has also boosted the fortunes of some local entrepreneurs.

Trans-Pacific Partnership could be boon for Inland Empire

"When you lower trade barriers, two-way trade goes up," said John Husing, of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership. "[The TPP] can only have a positive effect out here."

How will CA grow the economy and meet the governor's emissions goal?

Brown says the innovation and technology is key. Businesses want incentives to cut the state's greenhouses gases by the 2030 deadline.

'Coachella of Capitalism' concludes in Beverly Hills

Milken Institute Global Conference draws economic heavyweights to Southern California, including Fortune 500 CEOs and three former Treasury secretaries

Congestion still plagues ports of LA and Long Beach

A labor dispute between dockworkers and shipping companies ended two months ago, but delays at Southern California ports continue to be a big headache for businesses.

Carson approves $1.7 billion NFL stadium

Carson Mayor Albert Robles said construction could begin by the end of the year, but any timetable would be up to the Raiders and Chargers.

Garcetti wants Airbnb to help solve LA's affordability crisis

In his State of the City address, the mayor pledged to replenish the Affordable Housing Trust Fund by levying a 14 percent tax on Airbnb rentals.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott's visit to California: Fact vs fiction

The Florida governor brought a message to local business leaders to lure them away. Here are some of the things he said and how they square with reality.

LA lags in effort to create 20,000 green jobs by 2017

Garcetti's office says the city has created 4,800 jobs so far and will add far more in the coming two years, as L.A. builds transit projects and deals with a drought.

SoCal economic forecast: More businesses coming than going

Companies leaving is never good news, but Toyota's decision to move 3,000 jobs out of Torrance a little more than a year ago was an outlier and not part of a trend, according to a new report.

Opening Day 2015: Still little hope for a Dodgers TV deal

It’s the beginning of a fresh start for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Unfortunately, it’s the same old story for fans who still can’t watch most games on TV.

NFL to LA: Why the Carson study is way too optimistic

Economic impact studies involving sports stadiums are often very flawed. Economists say the new Carson study is no exception.