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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

Early SAG and AFTRA agreement with studios points toward labor peace

Hollywood took an important step this weekend toward heading off the kind of labor strife that hobbled the film and television industry two years ago. Negotiators from the two major actors’ unions reached an early tentative contract deal with film and TV studios.

JPL spacecraft has close encounter with comet

Scientists at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena are proudly sharing their new photos of the Hartley 2 comet. The photos offer a rare close-up view of the comet's center.

After brief holdout, Meg Whitman concedes to Jerry Brown

After watching election returns for a few hours, Republican Meg Whitman ended her campaign for governor graciously Tuesday night at the Hilton Hotel in Universal City.

Lawsuit filed against LAPD in shooting of day laborer from Guatemala

A lawsuit filed today accuses the Los Angeles Police department of wrongful death, excessive force, and negligence in the fatal shooting of a day laborer from Guatemala.

Long Beach releases smartphone application for reporting problems

Long Beach has launched its own smartphone application. It allows people to report problems around the city that need fixing.

Founder of South Bay Tea Party Mintz runs for State Assembly

The Tea Party wave that’s crashed across the country has been little more than a ripple in California. But a Tea Party candidate for the State Assembly in the coastal 53rd District is hoping he can at least rock the boat.

Halloween pop-up stores and Halloween heavy neighborhoods

If you're still looking for Halloween party supplies, decorations, or costume ideas, you can surely find a giant Halloween store nearby that has it all. The seasonal stores pop up like ghosts in a graveyard - and then vanish into thin air soon after the trick-or-treating is done.

Seasonal Halloween stores temporarily fill big boxes left empty by economy

If you’re still looking for Halloween party supplies, decorations or costume ideas, you can surely find a giant Halloween store nearby that has it all. The seasonal stores pop up like ghosts in a graveyard – and then vanish into thin air soon after the trick-or-treating is done. They’re filling a lot of big spaces left for dead by a tough economy.

Billionaire George Soros puts $1M behind Prop 19

Proposition 19’s prospects may be shaky, but the ballot measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use got a big boost today from billionaire financier George Soros.

Some marijuana activists oppose Prop 19

California voters must decide if legalizing marijuana for recreational use is also the right thing to do. You’d think that everyone who uses or supplies medical marijuana would say it is — and rally behind Proposition 19. Not so fast.

CHP, local police target distracted drivers

If you chat on the cell phone in the car without using a hands-free device, better watch out. Law enforcement officials are cracking down on distracted drivers — including hand-held cell phone users. They gave reporters an update on their crackdown in a parking lot at Dodger Stadium today.

California accounts for 21% of foreclosures over last 3 months

California accounted for more than a fifth (21 percent) of the country’s home foreclosures in the last three months. Here's a look at the latest quarterly numbers from RealtyTrac.

Statute of limitations expires in case against former Getty Museum curator

The case against a former curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum has ended in Rome. Prosecutors simply ran out of time.

LA County film shoots stall; fewer tax credits for producers

The number of permits pulled for on-location filming in Los Angeles County rose just a hair between July and September. Fewer tax credits were available to producers.

Mother of LAPD police shooting victim calls for an investigation

Last week, LAPD officers in Watts shot and killed an 18-year-old man they say pointed a gun at them. A testy crowd gathered after the shooting – and police called a tactical alert just in case things got out of hand. Tuesday, the mother of the teenager who died went to the scene of the shooting. She spoke to reporters – and to the police – about what she wants now. Her request was straightforward.