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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

County, cities near LA consider raising minimum wage

Some analysts have warned that if Los Angeles raises its minimum wage, businesses will flee beyond the city limits. But other cities and the County are considering a hike.

Potential minimum wage hike prompts a range of questions

The L.A. City Council's economic development committee holds its first public hearing on the minimum wage. Questions focus on small businesses and jobs.

Performers split over actors' pay in 99-seat theaters

Equity, the stage actors union, is proposing that actors in L.A.'s small theaters be paid the minimum wage. Many union members disagree.

Competition is fierce on both sides for tech internships

The internship slots are coveted, but so are the most skilled applicants. Companies choose with an eye toward a future permanent employee.

3 views of LA's minimum wage debate

Economists release three different studies, predicting what would happen if the minimum wage rose to $13.25 per hour in Los Angeles.

What's happening with LA's minimum wage proposal?

Nearly six months after Mayor Garcetti proposed raising the minimum wage, key research on its impact is expected any day

Uber, Lyft drivers: Employees or independent contractors?

Two federal judges have ruled that juries must decide whether drivers for Lyft and Uber are independent contractors or employees

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.