Brian Watt Business Reporter
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
Foreclosure activity took a big dip nationwide last month, said Irvine-based RealtyTrac, an online marketplace of foreclosure properties. But California's foreclosure rate remained one of the highest in the country.
The Writers Guild of America wants to represent the writers on the E!, Style and G4 cable TV networks, and it looks like the feeling is mutual.
Federal and local authorities offered details Tuesday about their investigation into an international child pornography ring.
The Screen Actors Guild is investigating the possible theft of up to $250,000 in unclaimed residual payments.
Netflix and Disney have reached a deal. It'll deliver more ABC and Disney television programs to Netflix subscribers.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted a set of recommendations Tuesday to create a policy for electronic music festivals, or “raves,” that take place in LA County.
Metrolink officials began a “whistle stop” tour at Los Angeles Union Station this morning to introduce new train cars designed to improve safety.
A coalition of anti-gang intervention groups, law enforcement, and clergy launched a month-long prayer-a-thon Tuesday. They hope to inspire a non-violent December. The Southern California Cease Fire Committee calls the effort “Without a Bang.”
Too little, too late — or both. That’s how a state agency says California’s seven largest health plan providers pay some claims filed by doctors and hospitals. Now, those providers have to pay nearly $5 million in fines.
The traditional holiday shopping season begins Friday, but Sears is one of a handful of retailers to jump the gun by opening for a few hours on Thanksgiving Day. Customers showed up before the Santa Monica location opened its doors.
Some retailers are beginning the holiday shopping season early by opening today. KPCC's Brian Watt joins us live from the Sears in Santa Monica.
Long lines of people waited earlier this week at the Jackson Limousine Service’s Thanksgiving Turkey give-away in South Los Angeles. In addition to more than 10,000 turkeys and the trimmings, the event also offered a tough economics lesson.
Despite an online campaign to urge air travelers to engage in some civil disobedience, most passengers at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday wanted to cooperate with security officials as best they could.
So far it's smooth sailing at LAX, entering the Thanksgiving holiday. It's also National Opt-Out Day, with passengers upset with new airport body scanners encouraging others to opt out of the scanner and instead be patted down by TSA security. New pat-down procedures have also upset some passengers.
The lines were long today at the Thanksgiving turkey giveaway at the Jackson Limousine Service in South Los Angeles.