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

Long Beach City Council votes to study minimum wage hike (updated)

With the city and county of Los Angeles already raising its minimum wage, and other municipalities thinking about it, Long Beach officials will consider studying it.

First Person: Brenda Evans helps ex-cons find jobs

When former clients return to say, "'Look, I bought a car, I’m in my own place right now,' there is nothing like it," says Evans.

Why it's just gotten harder to get a business loan

Uncle Sam has loaned money to more than 2,000 local businesses this year. But his coffers ran dry this week, and Congress may not replenish the funds until October.

LA County raises minimum wage in unincorporated areas

County supervisors followed L.A. city leaders in increasing the county's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. The decision will affect those who work in unincorporated areas of the county.

LAX votes to allow Uber, Lyft passenger pickups

Los Angeles has moved toward becoming the biggest city in the U.S. to allow ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft to pick up passengers at the airport.

Food manufacturers look for ways to save water during drought

California food manufacturers are facing down the drought. One local tortilla company has cut its factory's water use by 12 percent without changing its longtime recipe.

Federal overtime rules will affect California — a little

President Obama wants to make more people eligible for overtime pay. California's threshold is already higher than the country's — but Obama's plan will go further.

Nonprofits win exemption to LA minimum wage increase

Three nonprofits that create minimum wage jobs to prepare "transitional workers" for the workplace say the exemption will keep them from cutting jobs.

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.