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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

On the table: Restaurants sigh at new sick leave law

Advocates of the new law estimate 6.5 million workers will get paid sick leave for the first time. Many are in the restaurant industry.

LA County supervisors put brakes on minimum wage hike

The five-member board will consider the proposal next month. Members said a report on the impacts of a wage increase was insufficient and left them with questions.

LA city panel urges minimum-wage exemption for 3 nonprofits

A City Council committee is recommending that the groups, which provide job training, be granted an 18-month exemption before complying fully with the wage law.

Minimum wage report: Supervisor Kuehl criticizes summary 'slant,' Knabe says 'pretty fair'

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl took aim at the takeaways from a county-commissioned report on the impact of a hike in the minimum wage in L.A. County on Sunday. Supervisor Don Knabe has since weighed in.

Why some nonprofits want an exemption from LA's wage hike

Homeboy Industries, Chrysalis and the LA Conservation Corps want to be exempt from paying L.A.'s higher minimum wage. A committee will consider the exemption Tuesday.

Brown's GO-Biz OKs nearly $50M in tax credits in CA

The board of California Competes approved $48.9 million for all the credits recommended for 63 companies by the staff of Gov. Jerry Brown's GO-Biz agency.

LA County will consider motion to hike minimum wage

Citing momentum and the need for a 'regional solution,' Supervisor Sheila Kuehl introduced a motion to raise the minimum wage in the county's unincorporated areas.

Los Angeles leaders give final approval to $15 minimum wage

The City Council voted 12-1 in favor of the increase Wednesday and forwarded it to Mayor Eric Garcetti. His office says he plans to sign it Saturday.

Ezell Ford family: Time for DA to 'step up'

The mother of an unarmed man shot and killed by LAPD officers is relieved one of the officers' actions were found to be improper and now calls on the District Attorney to file charges.

Minimum wage: LA votes again to raise hourly rate to $15

This was the council's second vote and all but assures the new ordinance will become law. Because the vote was not unanimous, a final procedural vote will come next week.

Coming to the ports: more cargo. Wanted: more truck drivers

'Drivers Wanted' signs are a frequent sight at the ports of LA and Long Beach at time when cargo movement is expected to increase

Truckers say port congestion is hitting them in the wallet

Forty percent of US imports flow through our local ports. Truck drivers transport that cargo from the docks. But long wait times make it hard to earn a living.

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.