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
Some analysts have warned that if Los Angeles raises its minimum wage, businesses will flee beyond the city limits. But other cities and the County are considering a hike.
The L.A. City Council's economic development committee holds its first public hearing on the minimum wage. Questions focus on small businesses and jobs.
Equity, the stage actors union, is proposing that actors in L.A.'s small theaters be paid the minimum wage. Many union members disagree.
The internship slots are coveted, but so are the most skilled applicants. Companies choose with an eye toward a future permanent employee.
Economists release three different studies, predicting what would happen if the minimum wage rose to $13.25 per hour in Los Angeles.
Nearly six months after Mayor Garcetti proposed raising the minimum wage, key research on its impact is expected any day
Two federal judges have ruled that juries must decide whether drivers for Lyft and Uber are independent contractors or employees
A two-year program at Cerritos College grooms aspiring auto technicians. Local dealerships sponsor students with an eye toward hiring them at graduation.
Within eye shot of the soon-to-be-closed Boeing C-17 plant, Virgin Galactic opens a facility, inviting thousands of aerospace workers to attend its jobs fair.
The state's unemployment rate is now below 7 percent for the first time since before the recession started.
The driver of the truck involved in a Tuesday morning collision with a Metrolink train has been arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run with injury.
With the labor dispute behind them, port workers now face 27 ships in the port.
California's construction sector lost 40% of its jobs during the recession, but it will be the fastest growing this year. MTA projects will be part of the comeback.
Shared workspaces are on the rise, and backers of L.A.'s technology industry say they're an important part of the region's startup ecosystem.
Groups like this try to keep jobs local. In a global economy, that isn't always easy. California has lost tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs over the last 20 years.