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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

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.

City committee recommends new office to patrol 'wage theft'

As the city council debates raising the city's minimum wage, the Economic Development Committee approves an enforcement office to ensure L.A. workers are paid in full.

New port trucking company to classify truckers as employees

Eco-Flow is starting with 100 truckers who will be classified as permanent employees instead of independent drivers.

Minimum wage studies: Critics question economists' ties to labor

The men who were hired to provide further analysis on three recent minimum wage studies are being criticized for possible bias.

Economists side with Berkeley study of minimum wage hike

A "peer review" of three recent minimum wage studies found that Berkeley's forecast was "the most likely scenario," bolstering support for a $13.25 wage.

County approves huge biotech site at Harbor UCLA

The 250,000-square-foot Biosciences Tech Park would provide up to 900 jobs, and bolster L.A.'s biotech scene.

Truck drivers at ports of LA and Long Beach strike again

Truck drivers with four companies went on strike Monday morning, saying their companies have harassed drivers for filing complaints and organizing to join a union.

Actors Equity eliminates 99-seat theater plan against membership vote

In many cases, actors no longer will be allowed to volunteer their time rehearsing and performing a play in a theater with 99 or fewer seats.