Ben Bergman Business Reporter

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Ben Bergman reports on business for KPCC, with a focus on media, tech, and sports business.

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. There he helped launch the college's improv and sketch comedy troupes and its campus radio station.

In his free time, Bergman is an avid tennis fan and player and also enjoys working out, skiing, travelling to new places, and cheering on The Seattle Seahawks.


Stories by Ben Bergman

Google Chairman expresses frustration with NSA

Google has publicly opposed the government’s collection of metadata. Schmidt is now part of a White House panel that will make new recommendations.

SXSW of Santa Monica? OASIS Summit attracts top tech investors

What it lacks in size, Santa Monica’s OASIS: The Montgomery Summit tries to make up for with an alluring pitch: We might make you very rich.

Data breaches affected 21.3 million Californians in last 2 years

State Attorney General Kamala Harris on Thursday said she would elevate cybersecurity as a key focus of the state's top crime-fighting agency.

Pete Carroll says he wouldn't have left USC had he known about sanctions

Super-bowl winning coach Pete Carroll told KPCC in an interview that he "wouldn't have been able to leave" USC had he known about the NCAA sanctions centered on Reggie Bush.

Health care surcharge riles customers at top LA eatery

Republique has been called the city’s hottest new restaurant, but it also might be the most controversial because of a three-percent surcharge added to every tab.

CNN Latino says adios

Two high-profile outlets catering to Latino audiences have called it quits. KPCC's Leslie Berestein Rojas explains what this means for the news outlets trying to cater to that growing market.

Can Magic Johnson save the LA Sparks?

The Dodgers' ownership group turned around the team quicker than anyone expected, but MLB isn’t the WNBA, which hasn’t just been losing money, but also teams.

Dodgers season ticket prices hiked as much as 140 percent

The Los Angeles Dodgers re-opened season ticket sales on an “extremely limited basis," this time with prices as much 140 percent higher.

Can new California Sunday Magazine succeed?

Promising “unforgettable reported storytelling," the new magazine will be inserted into the Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Sacramento Bee.

Company tied to Rams owner Kroenke buys LA land

Team officials on Friday confirmed the recent purchase of a 60-acre site near the Forum indoor arena in Inglewood amid speculation of a possible return of the Rams to L.A.

Super Bowl XLVIII: Best sports bars to watch the game in Southern California

Whether you're a Broncos or Seahawks fan, or only care about watching Bruno Mars' at halftime, here are the best places to catch The Super Bowl in Southern California.

Super Bowl XLVIII: LA sports bars face off over Seahawks and Broncos

The Seattle and Broncos will be facing off in Super Bowl XLVIII this weekend. Here in Southern California, there will also be a contest of two rival sports bars.

Tour bus safety: Casinos look the other way, regulators overwhelmed

Casino buses are part of a booming business in California, but as these buses have soared in popularity, a KPCC investigation found regulation has become more lax.

Tour bus safety: Regulators struggle to keep up with casino bus boom

Tour buses can now be found in almost every casino parking lot in California. A recent string of accidents has raised questions about safety.

Foster Farms has a cockroach problem. How can it recover?

The USDA said it found “egregious insanitary conditions” at the Livingston plant, with inspectors seeing cockroaches on five separate visits in recent months.