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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

Foreclosures fall in California and the nation, but don't get used to the drop

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.

Writers on three Comcast network vote to join the Writers Guild

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.

Men from around the world use secret Internet bulletin board to trade child porn

Federal and local authorities offered details Tuesday about their investigation into an international child pornography ring.

Screen Actors Guild investigates possible misappropriation of residual payments

The Screen Actors Guild is investigating the possible theft of up to $250,000 in unclaimed residual payments.

Netflix, Disney/ABC make deal for more streaming

Netflix and Disney have reached a deal. It'll deliver more ABC and Disney television programs to Netflix subscribers.

LA County Supervisors approve recommendations for rave policies

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.

New Metrolink cars designed to improve safety

Metrolink officials began a “whistle stop” tour at Los Angeles Union Station this morning to introduce new train cars designed to improve safety.

Angelenos pray to calm violence

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.”

State fines 7 health providers for late, improper claims payments

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.

Shoppers start early on Thanksgiving Day for deals at Sears

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.

Southern California stores begin holiday shopping season by opening on Thanksgiving

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.

Thanksgiving Turkey giveaway offers tough economics lesson

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.

Holiday travelers find little hassle at LAX

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.

TSA staff at LAX begin busy Thanksgiving travel day

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.

Thousands line up for free turkeys in South LA

The lines were long today at the Thanksgiving turkey giveaway at the Jackson Limousine Service in South Los Angeles.