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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

LA City Council debates bus-only lane on Wilshire Blvd.

For years, transit advocates and officials have worked on a plan for a peak commuting-hour bus-only lane along Wilshire Boulevard. The Los Angeles City Council discussed yesterday Wednesday just how far that lane should run.

Custom car parts industry getting back to top speed in Southern California

Let’s talk about car parts. Not spark plugs or fan belts, but the custom auto parts that transform a heap into a hot rod that burns rubber and turns heads.

Farmers Insurance, AEG announce naming rights deal for proposed NFL Stadium in downtown LA

It’s far from built and doesn’t even have a team yet, but a proposed National Football League stadium in downtown Los Angeles got a name today: Farmers Field.

LA Metro to give Westside subway update at Beverly Hills meeting tonight

At a meeting Monday night in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County Metro staff will update the public on the Westside subway extension.

San Dimas man cuts short trip to Cairo

The United States has begun to evacuate American citizens from Egypt. At Los Angeles International Airport on Monday KPCC’s Brian Watt spoke with one man who didn’t wait for the government to send a charter plane.

Metrolink, police target rail safety violators

The stretch between the Glendale and Burbank stations includes some of the most accident-prone crossings on Metrolink’s map. It’s not far from the spot at which Juan Manuel Alvarez pulled his SUV onto the tracks in 2005 and caused the second-deadliest crash in Metrolink history. Officials of the commuter rail system invited reporters Thursday to ride a rail safety enforcement train.

Metrolink shows media the dangers of the rails

Officials of the Metrolink commuter rail system invited reporters today to ride a rail safety enforcement train in Glendale.

Metrolink targets dangerous behavior near tracks

Police officers rode on a Metrolink train this morning, targeting illegal and unsafe behavior on or near railroad tracks and crossings. KPCC's Brian Watt rode along.

Marlton Square property emerges from bankruptcy; officials consider long awaited redevelopment

In South Los Angeles on Tuesday, city officials and business leaders announced that a parcel of land called Marlton Square has emerged from bankruptcy. That could clear the way for development people in the area have waited on for a long time.

LA to finish construction of unfinished Santa Barbara apartment complex

Los Angeles is looking to complete construction of an apartment complex whose construction stopped three years ago when the developer stopped paying its contractors.

Faculty members want in on national debate about higher education

Dozens of faculty members from colleges and universities across the country met over the weekend in Los Angeles. They want the national debate about higher education to include some voices from the classroom.

US Chamber of Commerce to tour Port of LA to promote Korea free trade agreement

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launches a nationwide campaign today to promote the benefits of the Korea Free Trade Agreement. One campaign stop is at the Port of Los Angeles.

U.S. Court of Appeals rules against ban of private jets at Santa Monica airport

Those fast and fancy private jets may continue to land at the Santa Monica Municipal Airport, says a ruling on Friday from a federal appeals court in Washington.

Boeing plans to lay off 1,100 workers who build C-17s

Boeing has announced it's laying off 1,100 workers who build its giant C-17 cargo plane. Nine hundred of them work at the company's sprawling plant in Long Beach.

Kamala Harris vows to enforce wage, working conditions, mortgage fraud

In front of 500 people at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor’s annual Martin Luther King breakfast, the state's first African-American and female attorney general vowed on Friday to enforce laws on wages and working conditions and fight perpetrators of mortgage fraud.