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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

Will a higher minimum wage really help those who earn it?

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.

Council approves $15 minimum wage for Los Angeles

The Los Angeles City Council approved a proposal Tuesday that calls for raising the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. The city attorney must now draft an ordinance for a final vote.

Minimum wage: LA committee recommends new timeline for small business (update)

The Los Angeles City Council’s Economic Development on Wednesday recommended steps for raising the citywide minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020.

City committee recommends new office to patrol 'wage theft'

As the city council debates raising the city's minimum wage, the Economic Development Committee approves an enforcement office to ensure L.A. workers are paid in full.

New port trucking company to classify truckers as employees

Eco-Flow is starting with 100 truckers who will be classified as permanent employees instead of independent drivers.

Minimum wage studies: Critics question economists' ties to labor

The men who were hired to provide further analysis on three recent minimum wage studies are being criticized for possible bias.

Economists side with Berkeley study of minimum wage hike

A "peer review" of three recent minimum wage studies found that Berkeley's forecast was "the most likely scenario," bolstering support for a $13.25 wage.

County approves huge biotech site at Harbor UCLA

The 250,000-square-foot Biosciences Tech Park would provide up to 900 jobs, and bolster L.A.'s biotech scene.

Truck drivers at ports of LA and Long Beach strike again

Truck drivers with four companies went on strike Monday morning, saying their companies have harassed drivers for filing complaints and organizing to join a union.

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.