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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

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.

Conrad Murray's preliminary hearing starts Tuesday

The doctor accused of involuntary manslaughter in the death of pop star Michael Jackson is scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.

LA County authorites warn to not shoot to celebrate New Year

What goes up is gonna come down. That’s what law enforcement officials in Los Angeles County warn anyone who’s thinking of celebrating the New Year by firing gunshots into the air.

Decorators, volunteers prepare for Rose Parade

Thousands of people from all over the country have converged on the Southland to help decorate floats for Saturday’s Tournament of Roses Parade. Floatbuilders are working on their final touches, and making sure their crafts can stand up to stormy weather.

Laguna Beach offers free 3-hour parking downtown

Businesses in downtown Laguna Beach are still recovering from last week's storm, which flooded stores at the peak of the holiday shopping season. Now, those Laguna businesses are trying to lure shoppers back.

Los Angeles expands 'Operation Pothole'

Donning an orange work shirt, Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti helped patch a pothole Tuesday, kicking off "Operation Pothole," a city program for the new year. The recent storms in Los Angeles have created a lot of potholes on the city's streets and roads, some of the worst in a decade, city officials said.

Homicides in 2010 down throughout LA County

As of Monday morning, the Los Angeles Police Department counts 295 homicides in the city this year. Assistant Police Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur says the department hasn’t recorded such a low annual total since the 1960s, when LA’s population was a lot smaller.

Law enforcement urge New Year's revelers not to shoot firearms

With another New Year’s celebration days away, Los Angeles law enforcement officials are renewing their annual plea: don’t blast in the New Year with a firearm.

Southern California cleans up after 5-day storm

Work crews will spend the good part of today and into the New Year cleaning up the mess left by a series of storms. More rain is forecast for Los Angeles County on Christmas Day.