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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

Defining Elizabeth Taylor, dead at 79 - a look back at a movie star's legacy

With the overnight death of Elizabeth Taylor of congestive heart failure at Los Angeles's Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, movie and cultural historians are examining her career, which began in 1941 with Universal Pictures. She was known for her eight marriages to seven men (Richard Burton twice), her three Academy Awards and her humanitarian work.

Gardena High teen whose gun discharged in class to be charged as a juvenile

A judge has ruled that a Gardena High School student whose gun discharged in his backpack will be tried as a juvenile.

California marks Tsunami Preparedness Week

The news across the Pacific is a coincidence; it happens to be Tsunami Awareness and Preparedness Week in California. State officials had planned it long before the catastrophes in Japan.

LA Metro holds more meetings on proposed Westside subway extension

Another series of public meetings begins Monday night on Los Angeles County Metro’s proposed Westside subway extension.

LA-based Giant Robot expands art show to help earthquake relief effort

Fundraisers for Japan earthquake relief have sprung up all over the Southland. This weekend, the Asian-American pop-culture franchise Giant Robot begins its own giant effort. The company works with a lot of artists and designers in Japan.

Southern California drive-through donors raise relief funds for Japan

To help with disaster relief in Japan, the American Red Cross and some local TV stations are accepting drive-through donations at some big stadiums in the Southland.

Judge to determine $200 million settlement split among Chatsworth crash plaintiffs

In a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on Friday, a judge is scheduled to begin hearing from survivors and relatives of the victims of Metrolink’s 2008 crash in Chatsworth.

No jail for immigrant rights activists arrested last year during LA protests

Immigrant rights activists arrested last year at protests in Los Angeles won’t be doing jail time for it. The protesters have accepted an offer from City Attorney Carmen Trutanich.

Anderson forecast says economy is improving slowly

The UCLA Anderson Forecast is out this morning. It indicates the domestic economy is on the mend.

Take me out to the ballgame – on the bus, and train

The first Dodger home game is three weeks from tonight - Monday, March 28 at 7 p.m. It’s a spring training match-up against the Angels. The Dodger Stadium Express buses will also be back that night.

Grocery chains, employees union extend expiring contract until end of March

You won’t see picket lines outside Ralphs, Albertsons or Vons - at least for a few more weeks. The current contract between those grocery chains and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union was set to expire on Sunday. Negotiators agreed late Thursday night to extend it until the end of the end of month.

What younger people in Los Angeles know about Rodney King

Twenty years ago today, African American motorist Rodney King was pulled over and beaten by four white LAPD police officers. The incident was caught on videotape, and you know the rest - or maybe not. KPCC’s Brian Watt checked in with some people too young to remember Rodney King.

Serena Williams suffers pulmonary embolism, recovers in LA hospital

Tennis star Serena Williams is recovering in a Los Angeles hospital following emergency treatment for a pulmonary embolism.

LA City Council backs Speaker Perez’ proposal to disincorporate city of Vernon

The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to support a measure by state assembly speaker John Perez that would disincorporate the city of Vernon.

Calif. Attorney General files suit in computer kiosk scam

The office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris is suing a handful of businesses and people who allegedly conned more than 30 African-American churches in the Southland. The scam involved shoddy computer kiosks.