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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

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.

LA County's storm debris basins holding up despite deluge

Los Angeles' storm defenses are holding up against the rain, according to L.A. County Public Works spokesman Mike Kaspar.

Hate crimes drop 21 percent in LA County

The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations says the number of hate crimes in the county dropped 21 percent last year.

Rain, sleet or snow, it's busy season for Southland postal workers

Weather forecasters expect the rain to continue in the Southland. While many of us can come in out of the rain, plenty of people have to go out in it – and stay there - to get their work done. One postal worker in Venice says that's fine with her.

Los Angeles, Long Beach, other Southland cities claim state grants for fighting gang violence

Los Angeles and 23 other Southland cities will receive more than $9 million in state grants to combat gang violence.

State awards LA $1 million to fight gang violence

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced today a $9.2 million grant to 24 cities to combat gang violence.