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

What a tougher trade policy could do to California

The candidates are talking tough on trade, and it's resonating in Southern California, where manufacturing has declined. But other local industries like logistics, trucking and farming depend on trade.

Are Whole Foods' automated kiosks the future for grocery stores?

Robots and kiosks replace some workers in a bid to cut costs. Shoppers at the new store in Silver Lake give it mixed reviews.

Will the Super Bowl really be an economic winner for LA?

After the announcement, Mayor Garcetti put out a statement saying the event would bring in hundreds of millions of dollars. But the math on tourist spending is tricky.

How do you move a 66,000 lb tank through the streets of LA?

Over the past year, more than 30 engineers from Cordoba Corporation plotted the journey, using computer simulation to find the best path for the NASA fuel tank

'Smoke detector for noise' aims to stop Airbnb parties

As the city of L.A. considers regulating the short-term rental industry, Airbnb supporters are looking at new technology to stop guests from disturbing the neighbors

LA affordable housing initiative appears headed to ballot

The ballot measure calls for new rules for housing developers in LA, as the city grapples with a housing shortage, soaring rents and scarce land.

Brown's revised budget reflects more austerity

The governor released his revised 2016-2017 budget proposal in Sacramento. This comes as California's projected tax revenues for April fell by $1 billion.

Cruz and Kasich concessions could hurt California Republicans in June

California Republicans who were hoping to slow Donald Trump's momentum now have much less incentive to vote in the June primary. Take Two analyzes the impact.

Will California lose 700,000 jobs due to $15 minimum wage?

Florida Governor Rick Scott visited Los Angeles Monday, and used that statistic as he tried to convince local businesses they would be better off in his state.

No, immigrants aren't to blame for high crime in California

During his first campaign rally in Southern California, Trump noted a sharp rise in local crime rates and blamed immigrants. We wanted to check out those claims.

Protests get violent as Costa Mesa Trump rally draws to a close

Anti-Trump protesters stormed the streets outside the Pacific Amphitheater where Donald Trump held his first campaign rally in Southern California.

Aerospace plant to leave SoCal before minimum wage hike

“This is the last thing I want to do, but I don’t see that I have a choice," said Fred Donnelly, president of California Composites.

Steve Julian, longtime voice of KPCC's Morning Edition, dies at 57

"He was a singular talent," said Julian's best friend for over three decades, Larry Mantle, host of KPCC's AirTalk. "He is completely irreplaceable."

How aerospace is making a comeback in Southern California

For decades, aerospace was the backbone of the local economy. That changed when the Cold War ended and thousands lost their jobs. Now, the industry is growing again.

Why Sports Chalet is closing all its stores

The parent company of Sports Chalet filed for bankruptcy Monday, two days after announcing all its stores are closing, many of which are in Southern California.