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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

Are SoCal stores prepared for the new credit card standard?

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.

Santa Monica City Council puts off minimum wage vote

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.

Santa Monica City Council discusses raising the minimum wage

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.

More than 100 LA taxi drivers vote to join national union

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.

Southern California company ordered to pay back overtime wages

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.

LA and 4 European cities will compete to host 2024 Olympics

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.

LA County won't exempt some employers from paying higher wage

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.

Wage theft enforcement bill passes in California legislature

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."

Local businesses feeling the heat this week

Small business owners say heat waves are bad for the bottom line. Customers stay home, and the soaring temperatures drive up energy bills.

Looking for a new job? There's an app for that

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.

Labor community says wage theft is their next fight

Los Angeles is considered the wage theft capitol of the country. Labor leaders say they want to change that in the coming year.

Why it's feeling like 2007 again

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.

A '2024 Olympics' bill kicking around Sacramento

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.

Update: Los Angeles will be US bid city for 2024 Olympics

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

Netflix will relocate from Beverly Hills to Hollywood

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.