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
President Obama wants to make more people eligible for overtime pay. California's threshold is already higher than the country's — but Obama's plan will go further.
Three nonprofits that create minimum wage jobs to prepare "transitional workers" for the workplace say the exemption will keep them from cutting jobs.
Advocates of the new law estimate 6.5 million workers will get paid sick leave for the first time. Many are in the restaurant industry.
The five-member board will consider the proposal next month. Members said a report on the impacts of a wage increase was insufficient and left them with questions.
A City Council committee is recommending that the groups, which provide job training, be granted an 18-month exemption before complying fully with the wage law.
Supervisor Sheila Kuehl took aim at the takeaways from a county-commissioned report on the impact of a hike in the minimum wage in L.A. County on Sunday. Supervisor Don Knabe has since weighed in.
Homeboy Industries, Chrysalis and the LA Conservation Corps want to be exempt from paying L.A.'s higher minimum wage. A committee will consider the exemption Tuesday.
The board of California Competes approved $48.9 million for all the credits recommended for 63 companies by the staff of Gov. Jerry Brown's GO-Biz agency.
Citing momentum and the need for a 'regional solution,' Supervisor Sheila Kuehl introduced a motion to raise the minimum wage in the county's unincorporated areas.
The City Council voted 12-1 in favor of the increase Wednesday and forwarded it to Mayor Eric Garcetti. His office says he plans to sign it Saturday.
The mother of an unarmed man shot and killed by LAPD officers is relieved one of the officers' actions were found to be improper and now calls on the District Attorney to file charges.
This was the council's second vote and all but assures the new ordinance will become law. Because the vote was not unanimous, a final procedural vote will come next week.
'Drivers Wanted' signs are a frequent sight at the ports of LA and Long Beach at time when cargo movement is expected to increase
Forty percent of US imports flow through our local ports. Truck drivers transport that cargo from the docks. But long wait times make it hard to earn a living.
A worker 'getting by' on the minimum wage is happy to hear it will likely go up in Los Angeles but wonder if the cost of living will go up right along with it.