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 two-hour 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

Why you can't grow medical marijuana in some parts of LA

The cultivation of medical marijuana exists in a legal grey area and for the next 45 days it's illegal in unincorporated areas of LA county.

Did Tesla actually have the best product launch in history?

Tesla boasts that its Model 3 all-electric sedan broke sales records — not just for a car but for any product ever. Can that possibly be true?

Why California's economy looks better than the country's

You can expect the state's GDP to grow faster than the nation's as California keeps adding jobs. But the forecast isn't all sunshine.

What it takes to land a manufacturing job today

Despite nationwide declines, manufacturing has held its own in the LA area, with more than 500,000 workers. But to land a job in the future, you'll need new skills.

Want to find a woman-owned business? Try the Inland Empire

The number of women-owned businesses has increased across California — especially in one region.

Why the OC Register is coveted by newspaper companies

Bidding that could help determine the future of the media landscape in Southern California is expected to start Wednesday. At stake: who owns the OC Register.

Why LA's ports had their busiest February ever

Despite signs of economic slowdown, the ports of LA and Long Beach said they lugged more cargo than ever before in February. But a slowdown could be coming.

Despite problems elsewhere, California economy looks strong

Both the national and local economic pictures are looking bright, according to new government jobs numbers released Friday morning.

Why so many people have left California

A new study shows an exodus between 2007 and 2014. Despite an employment boom, the state's housing costs led many lower-income workers to move.

Bombs Away: 7 ways aerospace is changing in SoCal

Employment has fallen sharply, but the jobs that do remain are well-paying. There's also been a shift from defense to commercial, according to a new report.

It's official: LA residents love the Olympics

An independent survey found 88 percent of locals support LA hosting the Olympics. That's even stronger than an internal survey from Olympic organizers last year.

Chargers will be staying in San Diego for the 2016 season

The Chargers are staying in San Diego for the 2016 season, according to a statement from the team's chairman. He also said he's hoping they stay in San Diego — in a new stadium.

LA Coliseum Commission considers allowing a second NFL team

It's not clear why the Commission is taking up this matter now, though presumably they want to be ready if the Chargers take up the NFL's offer to come to L.A.

Reasons not to worry about the Dow being down

Stocks had their best day in more than a month Friday, but it was another nerve-wracking week. Whatever you do, don’t check your portfolio — but if you do, here's what you need to know.

With UberX allowed at LAX, taxi drivers brace for 'trouble'

Uber’s low-cost service began picking up passengers at LAX Thursday. It gives cabbies new competition at what's been one of their most secure sources of business.