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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

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.

SAG, AFTRA to count ballots on new film and TV contract

Ballots are due Friday afternoon from members of Hollywood’s two major actors unions – SAG and AFTRA. They're voting on a new contract with film and prime-time TV producers.

LA Metro bus fleet now diesel free

L.A. Metro's bus fleet is now diesel-free. The transportation agency retired its last diesel-belching bus at a ceremony Wednesday morning.

LA Metro wheels off last diesel bus in fleet

LA Metro's bus fleet is now diesel-free. The transportation agency retired its last diesel-belching bus at a ceremony Wednesday morning.

Immigration groups consider security and tone after Tucson shooting

Saturday's shooting in Arizona has sparked a discussion about whether the tone of political rhetoric may have motivated the suspected gunman. In Arizona, a lot of that political rhetoric focuses on immigration. Two immigration groups with ties to the Southland weighed in about the impact of the shooting on their work.

LA County auditor releases fiscal analysis of Bell

Los Angeles County auditors have spent the last two months looking at the books of the city of Bell. They presented their grim assessment Thursday night at a town hall.

LA County auditor to release report on Bell

At a town hall meeting tonight in Bell, Los Angeles County officials will present their final audit of the scandal-plagued city’s finances.

Mayor Villaraigosa, Chief Beck trumpet drop in crime, seek funding to hire to attrition in next budget

The City of Los Angeles recorded the lowest number of homicides in more than 40 years - 297 murders occurred last year. City and law enforcement officials trumpeted that progress Tuesday at a city hall news conference. But they said they couldn’t sustain it if budget cuts force the Police Department to lose officers.