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

Data breaches up sharply in California, new report says

The most frequently stolen and lucrative data for thieves are social security numbers, which accounted for nearly half of incidents last year.

What it's like treating Ebola patients in Liberia

If you got an email asking if you would fly to West Africa to help treat Ebola patients, would you go?Nurse Bridget Mulrooney did and the decision changed her life.

Why an Inland Empire city became home to warehouses and $2.36 million bribes

Moreno Valley, located deep in the Inland Empire, is a major artery of commerce that's home to many warehouses. But it's also a home to political corruption where the FBI paid out the largest bribe ever in a sting to catch a public official: $2.36 million.

Weekend on the cheap: Halloween food fest in K-Town, the Brewery Art Walk, and more

This week, put a science carnival, an art walk in a converted brewery and vegan wellness food in downtown LA all into your planner.

Will LAX follow SFO to lift a ban on ridesharing services?

UberX and Lyft ridesharing companies are setting their sights on lifting restrictions at LAX, emboldened by a new agreement with San Francisco International Airport.

New survey: Which NFL team should relocate to Los Angeles?

KPCC obtained a targeted questionnaire, which avoids narrowing the choice to teams likely to move here. Instead, respondents can pick among all 32 NFL teams.

Kings support suspension after Voynov's domestic violence arrest

The National Hockey League confirmed he was arrested Monday morning but isn't providing other details. He will be paid during the investigation.

Will new Dodgers leader Andrew Friedman shrink the payroll?

The Los Angeles Dodgers formally introduced the man they hope will turn things around, utilizing some of the lessons he learned on Wall Street.

Profit off your parking spot? Santa Monica considers a ban

New apps that help drivers auction off public parking spots are running into opposition. Santa Monica is the latest Calif. city to consider banning the practice.

What would LA look like if mass transit was built earlier?

Maps from as far back at 1925 show plans that look like the city's goals 100 years later. A look at once-rejected, later-constructed routes.

Cardinals knock Dodgers out of playoffs in NLDS Game 4

The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 3-2 in Game 4 of the National League Division Series, knocking the Los Angeles Dodgers out of the playoffs in St. Louis.

LA Rent: Having trouble finding an apartment? Here's why

With apartment vacancy rates falling, the price of a rental unit has increased in L.A. County four years in a row. Last year saw some of the steepest hikes.

CityLab 2014: The sharing economy takes center stage in LA

The multi-day conference attracted more than 300 urban leaders, economists, designers and mayors from as far away as Jerusalem and as close as LA and Santa Monica.

CityLab: Mayors, urban leaders converge in LA to tackle city challenges

The three-day program features the mayors of Jerusalem, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Pittsburgh, along with urban planners and innovation leaders.

Who have been the winners and losers in the Dodgers TV dispute?

At the end of a season blacked out for many Southern Californians, KPCC's Ben Bergman picks winners and losers in the Dodgers TV dispute.