Brian Watt Business Reporter
Brian Watt covers working and entrepreneurship for KPCC. He joined the KPCC news team in 2007. Prior to that, he worked as a producer at "Marketplace," where he filed a number of his own stories and even filled in some mornings as host.
Brian's work for KPCC has won numerous awards. In 2008, Brian won “First Place for Business and Financial Coverage – Broadcast” from the Los Angeles Press Club. He’s won two Golden Mike awards from the Radio and TV News Association of Southern California, including Best Consumer/Financial Reporting in 2010. In 2011, the KPCC “Grocery Series” he contributed to won first Place from Public Radio news Directors Incorporated (PRNDI).
Brian’s KPCC career began with a year-long fellowship courtesy of the Annenberg Foundation. In 2014, Brian was one of 30 fellows selected nationally for an intensive seminar at the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism.
Stories by Brian Watt
Retail credit card transactions will officially change Thursday. Local shop keepers who don't have the newest credit card readers will be liable for fraud.
The Santa Monica City Council decided to put off a vote on raising the minimum wage. The council’s Tuesday evening meeting lasted into Wednesday morning.
The council is taking up a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by the year 2020, just like Los Angeles. City staff have recommended a controversial union exemption.
Uber and Lyft have hurt business for L.A.'s 2,000-plus cabbies. Some want to unionize to fight back. Yellow Cab's chief says "it remains to be seen" if organizing has any value.
As the federal government moves to make more salaried workers eligible for overtime pay, investigators say an Agoura Hills company must pay $415,000 in back wages.
The International Olympic Committee's official announcement comes with trepidation about hosting costs. But the IOC says its new reform plan would rein in spending.
Board of Supervisors debated giving some employers a pass from paying the higher minimum wage. In a 3-2 vote they decided to give out no exemptions.
The law cracks down on employers who don't pay their workers in full. The practice is rampant in LA, which is known as the "wage theft capital of the U.S."
Small business owners say heat waves are bad for the bottom line. Customers stay home, and the soaring temperatures drive up energy bills.
A handful of new job-seeking apps have taken a cue from Tinder. Users swipe left or right on job listings, and match with compatible employers.
Los Angeles is considered the wage theft capitol of the country. Labor leaders say they want to change that in the coming year.
The U.S. unemployment rate is 5.1%. In California, it's 6.2%. Those are pre-recession levels. Most employers say they plan to keep hiring over the next six months.
Mayor Garcetti wants the state legislature to approve a financial guarantee to cover cost overruns if LA hosts the 2024 Games. A bill is already in the pipeline.
The Council incorporated some financial oversight measures in its approval for L.A. to pursue being a host city for what would be its third Olympics
The company will move to a 200,000 square foot office space along Hollywood's Sunset Corridor. Netflix already employs 400 locals and plans to hire more.