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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

Training the next generation of auto mechanics

A two-year program at Cerritos College grooms aspiring auto technicians. Local dealerships sponsor students with an eye toward hiring them at graduation.

Aerospace workers, young and old, line up at Virgin Galactic jobs fair

Within eye shot of the soon-to-be-closed Boeing C-17 plant, Virgin Galactic opens a facility, inviting thousands of aerospace workers to attend its jobs fair.

Construction jobs grow at fastest pace in California

The state's unemployment rate is now below 7 percent for the first time since before the recession started.

Metrolink train crash: Truck driver charged with felony hit-and-run (updated)

The driver of the truck involved in a Tuesday morning collision with a Metrolink train has been arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run with injury.

Ports of LA, Long Beach focus on clearing backlog

With the labor dispute behind them, port workers now face 27 ships in the port.

MTA hopes projects create construction 'careers'

California's construction sector lost 40% of its jobs during the recession, but it will be the fastest growing this year. MTA projects will be part of the comeback.

Shared workspaces spreading beyond Silicon Beach

Shared workspaces are on the rise, and backers of L.A.'s technology industry say they're an important part of the region's startup ecosystem.

LAEDC marks 200,000th job created or kept in the county

Groups like this try to keep jobs local. In a global economy, that isn't always easy. California has lost tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs over the last 20 years.

Tax time's 7 deadly sins for freelancers

Los Angeles topped two recent rankings of best cities for freelancers. With tax season upon us, a quick look at common errors freelancers make.

Jobless rate keeps dropping in LA County, but what about Compton?

California continues to add jobs at a faster rate than the country. But in some Southern California neighborhoods, unemployment remains in the double digits

Tech talent shortage trickles down to nonprofits, small firms

Prioritizing diversity makes the small pool of skilled tech workers even smaller. Big firms have the resources to get the first shot at talent. Nonprofits and small firms struggle.

Port truckers win battle for employee status, join Teamsters

Casting off their 'independent contractor' rank, port drivers gained 'employee' status at Shippers Transport Express - then quickly voted to join the Teamsters union.

With LA tourism booming, officials warn of hotel shortage

More than 43 million visitors came to Los Angeles in 2014; but tourism officials say the booming tourism is creating a shortage of hotel rooms.

Rams owner planning NFL stadium in Inglewood

The owner of the St. Louis Rams plans to build an NFL stadium in Los Angeles County, boosting the chances that pro football could return to the region.

Ports prepare for next big cargo rush: Lunar New Year

The weeks leading up to the Chinese Lunar New Year, to be marked on Feb. 19, is the next big cargo rush at the congested ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.