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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

Young job seekers want to help their families pay the bills

At a huge jobs fair for young people in downtown L.A., teens and twenty-somethings said they need work to help their families get by.

Who qualifies for the state's new tax credit?

The people who will benefit are California's poorest — households with incomes less than $15,000 per year. In L.A. County, 100,000 households could qualify.

Some non-tenure-track faculty at USC vote to join union

Teachers from USC's Roski School of Art, and International Academy voted for unionization. Those from the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, voted no.

As Pasadena moves to raise minimum wage, could Glendale be next?

Pasadena follows Long Beach, Santa Monica and LA, voting to raise the city's minimum wage to $13.25 in 2018. Nearby Glendale says they're studying the issue.

Older workers finding work but not security in 'gig' economy

Today's economy is not the friendliest to those who want to start a new career in a classic 9-to-5 job — unless of course, they're looking for a gig.

Porter Ranch businesses file lawsuit against SoCal Gas

A real estate firm and nail salon are the first two businesses to sue SoCal Gas. The attorney who filed the case expects thousands of people to sign on.

LA County investigates price-gouging in Porter Ranch

Residents looking to relocate have complained about sky-high rents on rental homes in nearby communities. So far, five people have filed complaints with the county.

What does SoCal Gas owe Porter Ranch businesses?

Porter Ranch residents are getting their relocation costs covered by SoCal Gas, but businesses say response has been slow, and they're relying on loans to get by.

California statewide minimum wage hike inches closer to November ballot

California voters will likely decide if the state should raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Ballot measures propose raising wage at a similar pace to L.A.'s.

Long Beach votes to raise minimum wage to $13 by 2019

The council, introduced by Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal, also voted to commission a study to assess the effects of wage hike on the economy.

The Rams at the Coliseum? Is that a done deal?

The future Rams stadium in Inglewood wont be completed until 2019. The LA Coliseum is likely to be the team's temporary home. But there's still a lot to work out.

Santa Monica approves minimum wage hike

Santa Monica City Council supports an overall wage hike to $15 per hour by 2020. The council voted to approve an ordinance Tuesday night.

Fans gather in Inglewood to celebrate Rams' return

News of the Rams' return brought dozens of fans to the parking lot of the Hollywood Park Casino Tuesday night, where revelers were decked out in blue and gold Rams jerseys and T-shirts that read “Bring Back the Los Angeles Rams.”

Powerball hits $1.5B; don't tread lightly into the office pool

The office pool offers a chance to play Powerball and other lotteries on a team. It's fun, but if, by chance, the team wins, the game turns serious quickly.

Southern California ski resort struggles to find workers

After years of drought, the Mountain High ski resort in Wrightwood finally has plentiful snow on the slopes. Skiers are lining up. Jobseekers, not so much.