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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

LAX passenger totals set to break records

Passenger counts have grown this year at three Southern California airports, with the big one — LAX — on pace to climb out of a slump that's lasted over a decade.

Surfers catch waves before high winds hit SoCal

Rip currents, strong winds and other trappings of an incoming storm system are expected to hit Southern California starting Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Federal mediators offer to help settle port labor dispute

Longshoremen who load and unload cargo at 29 ports from San Diego to Seattle have been working without a contract since July.

In a tough season, how's Lakers merchandise selling?

Sports merchandise sellers say even in a tough year, the Lakers — and Kobe Bryant especially — still move "gear."

New concourse, automated connector train planned for LAX

With airport traffic growing, nearly $5 billion is earmarked for projects including a new passenger concourse and an automated connector train to ease congestion..

537 face layoffs as Boeing winds down C-17 cargo plane production

Long Beach bears the brunt of the Boeing layoffs, with the aerospace company trimming its workforce and winding down production the C-17 Globemaster cargo plane.

Tech industry diversity: How candidates are taking the challenge personally

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is the latest person to call for the tech industry to diversify its overwhelmingly white male workforce. But it's not easy for candidates to make a mark.

CBS programming pulled from Dish Network due to contract dispute

CBS has pulled its programming from Dish Network as of 4 p.m. Friday as part of a contract dispute, following extended negotiations after a Thursday deadline.

Port congestion as a dozen wait to dock at LA, Long Beach

The Marine Exchange of Southern California says anchoring a dozen cargo ships is more complicated. Equipment shortages and a labor dispute are blamed.

Truckers strike ends at ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach

The last two companies targeted in the strike agreed to continued discussions with the Teamsters Union, which wants to represent the truck drivers.

Some truckers end Port strike; others still picketing

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti helped broker a truce between striking truck drivers at LA-Long Beach ports, the Teamsters Union and three trucking companies.

Truckers strike amid slowdown at LA and Long Beach ports

The number involved in the latest protest isn’t clear. But picket lines have added to existing tensions at the two ports handling 40 percent of the country’s imports.

Low-cost gas boosts tour business: Check prices in your area

Angelenos are paying $1.08 less for a gallon of gas than they were 6 months ago. That price drop gave Starline Tours enough extra cash to invest in technology.

Retailers start feeling the pinch of port shipping delays

The owner of AirSplat, a local seller of Airsoft guns, says he doesn't care who's causing delays at the ports. He just wants it to stop costing his company.

USC program helps veterans succeed in the civilian workforce

Offering an MBA curriculum specifically designed for veterans, students are encouraged to use their military experience to land professional civilian jobs.