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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

SoCal Edison plans layoffs and outsourcing

The utility with 14,000 employees doesn't give specific numbers, but says it wants to operate more cost-effectively for its customers.

Maker Studios says it's sticking with Disney, despite last-minute bid from Relativity

Relativity Media fails in a last-minute $1.1 billion offer for Maker Studios

New billboard pole will bring a twist to the Sunset Strip

West Hollywood rethinks the aesthetics and economics of billboards on the Sunset Strip. City officials will unveil a new pole that looks like modern sculpture.

In SoCal Business News: Disney-Maker deal faces lawsuit

Maker Studios ex-CEO and other executives are suing to block a shareholder vote on Disney's plan to acquire the Culver City-based digital video company.

Ontario Airport will have 2 airlines flying to Guadalajara

In Volaris, Ontario Airport gets its first new airline since 2007. But it also adds a competitor in flights to Guadalajara.

2020 Commission: Combine the ports of LA and Long Beach

The 2020 Commission boldly recommends combining the Ports of LA and Long Beach. A debate over whether competition between the two is good or bad.

LAPD shooting: How to secure a station open to the public?

Anyone can walk up to the front desk of the Wilshire Station, the site of Monday's shooting. But the station's commander said the LAPD doesn't want it to be "a fortress."

Boeing's shut down of the C-17 plant will come faster

Builders of Boeing's C-17 cargo jet knew the end of production was coming. Now, Boeing says it's likely coming three months sooner.

Fast food workers believe they've been 'Ham-burgled'

After a survey says most fast food workers believe they've had wages stolen, Los Angeles-area workers act it out in front of a McDonalds.

Port truck drivers score in state labor office ruling

Truck drivers in the ports of LA and Long Beach who want to be classified as employees rather than independent contractors get another ruling in their favor.

Ads featuring union actors must include new tracking code

SAG-AFTRA and advertising industry require use of Ad-ID, a Web-based digital coding system, to track all commercials on air and on line.

Some lawsuits against GM originate in Southern California

As General Motors CEO Barra goes before congressional committee, lawsuits involving California plaintiffs continue to develop against the automaker.

LAX baggage theft raises questions about airport security

This week's arrest and detention of 20 people was the largest passenger luggage theft case in the LAX for decades. Is it a sign of weak security?

Santa Monica City Council moves for control over airport

Santa Monica makes its latest move in fight against the FAA. City Council votes on plan to keep pursuing control over SMO airport land.

San Bernardino Airport hopes for international travelers

(Air)Field of Dreams: San Bernardino has built an international airport, but will commercial airlines come?