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

Will Car2Go make drivers ditch their cars?

Uber and Lyft could be seen as competitors, but Car2Go prefers to view them as complimentary; Together, they all make it much easier for drivers to ditch their cars.

Audit: LA foreclosure registry 'never operated effectively'

Los Angeles' foreclosure registry program has been flawed and "never operated effectively," according to sharply critical audit released Tuesday.

Clippers: Donald Sterling files $1B lawsuit against NBA (updated)

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has signed an agreement with Donald Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, to be the new owner of the L.A. Clippers. But Donald Sterling filed a lawsuit against the NBA Friday afternoon.

Does a $2 billion bid for the Clippers make financial sense?

If you believe multiple recent media reports unconfirmed by KPCC, the price could exceed $2 billion, an astonishing amount for a franchise once considered the NBA's laughing stock.

LA rents: County faces shortfall of 490,340 affordable homes

L.A. County has seven of the 10 ZIP codes with the worst housing overcrowding in the nation, according to a new report from the California Housing Partnership Corporation.

What gets fans to Dodger Stadium? Bobbleheads

This season the Dodgers will hand out more than twice as many promotional items as they did five years ago. Many fans decide which game to go to based on what's given away.

Fleischman's chocolate fried chicken concept opens next week

The newest restaurant in Adam Fleischman's rapidly growing empire capitalizes on the fried chicken craze, but with a twist; chocolate is mixed into the batter.

Do new California 'Do Not Track' guidelines go far enough?

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris on Wednesday issued a 20-page guide for businesses to help them comply with changes to Internet privacy laws.

Dodgers radio ratings up 78 percent during TV standoff

Many Dodger fans have said they are listening to games on the radio. Now, we have our first hard evidence of a mass exodus from TV to radio.

In higher education, fundraising campaigns keep going higher

$4.2 billion may seem like a lot, until you compare it to the $6 billion USC has said it wants to raise by 2018, or the $6.5 billion goal Harvard set last fall.

Atwater oil spill: There are thousands of oil pipelines all over LA

Thursday's spill of 10,000 gallons of oil from a pipeline near Atwater Village raises the question: Where are the pipelines in L.A.? The answer: Everywhere.

Does Sterling interview make it harder for NBA to kick him out?

The interview did nothing to improve Sterling's public image, but by appearing so erratic, Sterling could have helped his cause.

Accused of misleading users, Snapchat reaches settlement with FTC

The FTC announced Snapchat agreed to a settlement over charges that it mislead consumers and wasn't truthful about how it used their personal information.

What city has the world's top brand? The Guardian says LA

The inaugural Guardian Cities brand barometer is out, and Los Angeles has emerged as the winner. Take that, New York and London!

Tourists spent a record $18.4 billion in LA in 2013

About 42.2 million visitors spent money at a record pace at local businesses last year, creating 21,400 new jobs in Los Angeles.