Ben Bergman Senior Reporter, Southern California Economy
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
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.
This week, put a science carnival, an art walk in a converted brewery and vegan wellness food in downtown LA all into your planner.
UberX and Lyft ridesharing companies are setting their sights on lifting restrictions at LAX, emboldened by a new agreement with San Francisco International Airport.
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.
The National Hockey League confirmed he was arrested Monday morning but isn't providing other details. He will be paid during the investigation.
The Los Angeles Dodgers formally introduced the man they hope will turn things around, utilizing some of the lessons he learned on Wall Street.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The three-day program features the mayors of Jerusalem, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Pittsburgh, along with urban planners and innovation leaders.
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.
The study, published in the online journal Demographic Research, found Asians have the highest per capita household income in the U.S.
"These numbers paint a bleak picture for California,” said Marybeth Mattingly, a researcher at Stanford University’s Center on Poverty and Inequality.