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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

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.

Young Libyan Americans in Southland discuss situation in Libya

At a news conference Friday at the Islamic Center of Southern California, young Libyan-Americans gave their takes on the uprising in Libya.

LA Catholic leader Cardinal Roger Mahony steps aside

Cardinal Roger Mahony is spending his final days as leader of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Los Angeles. He steps down Sunday – the day he turns 75. KPCC reviews the record of the man some observers call the most powerful Catholic prelate in the United States.

Scott, Jean Adam remembered at church, seminary after being killed by Somali pirates

They’d spent almost a decade at sea, but they had a lot of friends ashore – particularly in the Southland. Jean and Scott Adam of Marina Del Rey died on their yacht at the hands of Somali pirates. They were sailing with another couple, Phyllis Macay and Robert Riggle of Seattle, whom the pirates also shot to death after taking the four hostage off the coast of Oman. Jean and Scott Adam were parishioners at Saint Monica’s Catholic Church in Santa Monica.

Los Angeles County Fire swears in 1st African-American chief

The Los Angeles County Fire Department has a new chief. County officials welcomed 27-year veteran Darryl Osby to the job Thursday in a ceremony at L.A. County’s Hall of Administration.

Tourism, trade and entertainment are driving Southland's economic recovery

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation is optimistic this go-round. Its economic forecast, released Wednesday, says that the Southland’s economy is on the road to recovery, and that entertainment, trade and tourism are in the driver’s seat.

Appeals court hears arguments in college athletes' lawsuit against EA Sports, NCAA

A group of former college athletes sued video game maker Electronic Arts and the NCAA – college athletics’ governing body. The athletes argue that game companies should pay them when their likenesses appear in video games. One federal judge said the athletes have a case, but Electronic Arts and the NCAA appealed. Tuesday in Pasadena, a federal appeals court heard arguments from both sides.

LA City Attorney Trutanich ramps up prosecution of protesters, so they protest

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has ramped up the prosecution of some local political protesters by charging them with misdemeanors rather than customary infractions. That means instead of minor fines, those protesters could be facing weeks or months in jail. As might be expected, Trutanich's move sparked... a protest.

Protesters demand LA protest charges be dropped

Immigrants’ rights activists and their supporters rallied outside the criminal courts building Monday in downtown Los Angeles. They took issue with LA City Attorney Carmen Trutanich’s move to prosecute some actions during protests last year as misdemeanors rather than infractions.

USC analyst speaks on Egyptian protests

The protests in Cairo are likely to accelerate on this first day of the Egyptian weekend that follows President Hosni Mubarak’s refusal to leave office. Shortly after that announcement Thursday, KPCC’s Brian Watt spoke with a Middle East policy expert at the University of Southern California.

Chatsworth Metrolink train crash survivors, victims' families meet with Veolia executives

The Metrolink train crash in Chatsworth two-and-a-half years ago killed 25 people and injured more than 100. In Simi Valley on Monday, survivors of the crash and victims’ relatives met with executives from Veolia Transportation, the company that accepts liability for the collision.

Former braceros seek payments from Mexican government

A small group of former Mexican braceros and their relatives demonstrated quietly Thursday outside the Mexican Consulate near downtown Los Angeles. They want Mexico’s government to pay them money promised decades ago.

LA City Council debates bus-only lane on Wilshire Blvd.

For years, transit advocates and officials have worked on a plan for a peak commuting-hour bus-only lane along Wilshire Boulevard. The Los Angeles City Council discussed yesterday Wednesday just how far that lane should run.

Custom car parts industry getting back to top speed in Southern California

Let’s talk about car parts. Not spark plugs or fan belts, but the custom auto parts that transform a heap into a hot rod that burns rubber and turns heads.

Farmers Insurance, AEG announce naming rights deal for proposed NFL Stadium in downtown LA

It’s far from built and doesn’t even have a team yet, but a proposed National Football League stadium in downtown Los Angeles got a name today: Farmers Field.