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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

Actors Equity eliminates 99-seat theater plan against membership vote

In many cases, actors no longer will be allowed to volunteer their time rehearsing and performing a play in a theater with 99 or fewer seats.

A South LA nonprofit helps locals jump hurdles to get jobs

Local WorkSource center says the chronically jobless struggle to land jobs without the basics like work boots and even food.

Equity actors vote no on 99-seat theater minimum wage

Leaders of the Actors Equity Association meets Tuesday to decide if their actors should get paid more than their current stipend for performing in L.A.'s 99-seat theaters.

Actors: LA's small theaters aren't ready for minimum wage

Two-thirds of actors in the Equity union came out against a proposal to require 99-seat theaters to pay them more. Union leaders may vote on it Tuesday.

5 ways California tax filers leave money on the table

As April 15 approaches, KPCC's got you covered with tips on getting the deductions and credits you're due.

Pace of US hiring weakens in March; SoCal stays positive

The weakening U.S. economy spilled into the job market in March as employers added only 126,000 jobs snapping a streak of 12 straight months of gains above 200,000.

LA County Supervisors join minimum wage study hall

The county steps into the minimum wage debate, asking economists to study how an increase would impact the unincorporated areas.

Watts area residents to share thoughts on minimum wage

The Los Angeles City Council's economic development committee goes to Watts for its first hearing on raising the minimum wage. Follow along with Brian Watt's tweets here.

County, cities near LA consider raising minimum wage

Some analysts have warned that if Los Angeles raises its minimum wage, businesses will flee beyond the city limits. But other cities and the County are considering a hike.

Potential minimum wage hike prompts a range of questions

The L.A. City Council's economic development committee holds its first public hearing on the minimum wage. Questions focus on small businesses and jobs.

Performers split over actors' pay in 99-seat theaters

Equity, the stage actors union, is proposing that actors in L.A.'s small theaters be paid the minimum wage. Many union members disagree.

Competition is fierce on both sides for tech internships

The internship slots are coveted, but so are the most skilled applicants. Companies choose with an eye toward a future permanent employee.

3 views of LA's minimum wage debate

Economists release three different studies, predicting what would happen if the minimum wage rose to $13.25 per hour in Los Angeles.

What's happening with LA's minimum wage proposal?

Nearly six months after Mayor Garcetti proposed raising the minimum wage, key research on its impact is expected any day

Uber, Lyft drivers: Employees or independent contractors?

Two federal judges have ruled that juries must decide whether drivers for Lyft and Uber are independent contractors or employees