Brian Watt Business Reporter

Brian Watt bio photo
Contact Brian Watt

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’s NYE and Rose Parade weather forecast — and how Iowans stay warm

If you're heading out to a New Year’s Eve party or to the Rose Parade, you may want to layer up. It's pretty cold if you're from Southern California — but maybe not-so-much for Iowans.

How grand can NYE in Grand Park be in the cold?

For a third year, Grand Park will play host to tens of thousands of Angelenos, but will cold temps put a chill on the New Year's festivities?

Gas leak hurts Porter Ranch businesses that depend on residents

Businesses that depend on the residents of Porter Ranch struggle as many relocate temporarily due to the Aliso Canyon gas leak.

How a 60-acre distribution warehouse could change Compton

Online fulfillment centers have popped up all over the Inland Empire and put thousands of people to work. Now Compton wants to bring this business to its backyard.

2016 will be an active year for the minimum wage debate

California's minimum wage is set to rise to $10 from $9 an hour on Jan. 1, but in Los Angeles County, that’s only the beginning of more increases — and debates.

CA's working parents to get more reasons to take time off

Working parents can take off to find a new school or day care for their child, or to watch the child in an emergency situation under a new state law.

38 port truck drivers win millions in back pay

The California Labor Commissioner has ordered Carson-based Pacific 9 Transportation to pay a total of $6.9 million to 38 drivers.

Young people struggle to connect with the working world

Researchers at the Brookings Institution report that declines in employment among people ages 16 to 24 will harm their futures in the labor market.

LAUSD parents, educators scramble as law enforcement checks schools

The news that all schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District would be closed for the day threw many parents into disarray Tuesday morning.

After San Bernardino, demand for security guards, patrols grows

Calls for security guards jumped in the first days following the San Bernardino shootings. A security firm says it can meet the demand.

E-commerce creating new holiday jobs in distribution centers

As shoppers turn to the internet for more of their holiday shopping, retailers are hiring fewer clerks and more warehouse workers to process online orders.

LA County supervisors approve plan to patrol wage theft

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to begin establishing a program to ensure businesses in the county’s unincorporated areas pay workers properly.

A new source of loans for black-owned small businesses

Since the recession, African-American entrepreneurs have struggled to get loans. A Southern California nonprofit has launched a new loan fund to help.

Striking port truckers file claims for back wages

Another 14 truckers who haul cargo in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have filed wage and hour claims with California's Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

Los Angeles' neighbors go slower in weighing higher minimum wage

Pasadena, Long Beach, and Santa Monica are moving toward raising their minimum wage as Los Angeles has, but are taking more time on the details. Glendale, meanwhile, is holding back.