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 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 Trump presidency means for SoCal home prices

The five year rise in Southern California housing prices could be coming to an end and homeowners thinking about selling may want to act sooner rather than later.

Retailers have more trouble finding seasonal workers

Competition from other industries has left them scrambling to fill holiday jobs.

Why it's getting more expensive to do business in California

In its annual "cost of doing business" survey, Claremont McKenna College ranked the 20 most expensive cities in the West for business owners – 12 are in California.

Feds find 85 percent of LA garment factories break wage rules

Wage violations have long been commonplace in the fashion industry, but officials say the number of violations are now at record highs.

California economy faces uncertainty under Trump presidency

Trump's protectionist policies could likely hurt California more than other states since so much of its economy is driven by international trade.

LA voters hit the polls early; some report delays

Voters lined up before polls opened to cast their ballots before work. Some polling places faced longer-than-usual lines, and a handful reported voting delays because of technical problems.

South Pasadena considers rent control after tenants protest

The small, affluent city of South Pasadena has become the latest battleground over skyrocketing rents in Southern California.

LA leaders still eyeing financial risks of a 2024 Olympics

As the city continues its campaign to host the games, its leaders are working through the finer details to protect against cost overruns.

When it comes to tax measures, voters tend to be unselfish

Why do so many tax measures pass? Research says it's because voters don't focus on how higher taxes will impact them. But just in case you're wondering, we've done the math.

Bus crash victims likely to get little compensation

Bus companies have been required to carry just $5 million worth of insurance since 1985. Regulators have warned the amount is inadequate to properly compensate victims.

LA owns 9,000 properties. Here are 3 that could be better used

City controller Ron Galperin estimates the city owns some 500 underutilized properties that could be developed into affordable housing or sold for enormous profit.

Housing is now unaffordable in rural California too

Don't move just yet! A new study finds that people living in rural, inland parts of California also struggle to afford housing.

Why TPP's failure could be bad for Taco Bell

Fast-food chain's executive says the massive trade deal would make it easier to do business in countries like Japan, where local tariffs make it more expensive to operate.

Why Amazon warehouse jobs are the new holiday retail jobs

Amazon announced it is adding more than 120,000 seasonal positions at its U.S. fulfillment centers, including 8,000 positions at its warehouses in the Inland Empire.

How the gig economy has grown in Southern California

The so-called gig economy more than doubled in the LA-metro area from 2012-2014, as thousands of workers became independent contractors, often with Uber and Lyft.