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
Local WorkSource center says the chronically jobless struggle to land jobs without the basics like work boots and even food.
Leaders of the Actors Equity Association meets Tuesday to decide if their actors should get paid more than their current stipend for performing in L.A.'s 99-seat theaters.
Two-thirds of actors in the Equity union came out against a proposal to require 99-seat theaters to pay them more. Union leaders may vote on it Tuesday.
As April 15 approaches, KPCC's got you covered with tips on getting the deductions and credits you're due.
The weakening U.S. economy spilled into the job market in March as employers added only 126,000 jobs snapping a streak of 12 straight months of gains above 200,000.
The county steps into the minimum wage debate, asking economists to study how an increase would impact the unincorporated areas.
The Los Angeles City Council's economic development committee goes to Watts for its first hearing on raising the minimum wage. Follow along with Brian Watt's tweets here.
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.