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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

State fines 7 health providers for late, improper claims payments

Too little, too late — or both. That’s how a state agency says California’s seven largest health plan providers pay some claims filed by doctors and hospitals. Now, those providers have to pay nearly $5 million in fines.

Shoppers start early on Thanksgiving Day for deals at Sears

The traditional holiday shopping season begins Friday, but Sears is one of a handful of retailers to jump the gun by opening for a few hours on Thanksgiving Day. Customers showed up before the Santa Monica location opened its doors.

Southern California stores begin holiday shopping season by opening on Thanksgiving

Some retailers are beginning the holiday shopping season early by opening today. KPCC's Brian Watt joins us live from the Sears in Santa Monica.

Thanksgiving Turkey giveaway offers tough economics lesson

Long lines of people waited earlier this week at the Jackson Limousine Service’s Thanksgiving Turkey give-away in South Los Angeles. In addition to more than 10,000 turkeys and the trimmings, the event also offered a tough economics lesson.

Holiday travelers find little hassle at LAX

Despite an online campaign to urge air travelers to engage in some civil disobedience, most passengers at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday wanted to cooperate with security officials as best they could.

TSA staff at LAX begin busy Thanksgiving travel day

So far it's smooth sailing at LAX, entering the Thanksgiving holiday. It's also National Opt-Out Day, with passengers upset with new airport body scanners encouraging others to opt out of the scanner and instead be patted down by TSA security. New pat-down procedures have also upset some passengers.

Thousands line up for free turkeys in South LA

The lines were long today at the Thanksgiving turkey giveaway at the Jackson Limousine Service in South Los Angeles.

'Biggest Loser' labor dispute comes to an end

The labor dispute that shut down production of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” has ended. Striking crew members met Monday morning to ratify a new deal with the show’s producers.

LAX police expect 1.5 million-plus travelers during Thanksgiving traveling season

Airport officials expect more than one-and-a-half million people to pass through LAX for the Thanksgiving period. More police officers will be around, too.

New fire station opens at LAX

Los Angeles city, airport and fire officials dedicated a new fire station Monday morning at LAX.

Ronni Chasen remembered at publicists' meeting in West Hollywood

Hollywood publicists remembered their friend and longtime colleague Ronni Chasen. She was found shot and killed in her Mercedes after it crashed in Beverly Hills a few hours after a red carpet movie premiere.

L.A. City Council approves restrictions on overnight parking of oversized vehicles in Venice

Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl has been working to reduce the number of recreational vehicles and campers people park overnight on the streets of Venice. The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve new overnight parking restrictions.

LA transportation officials unveil new airport, train station safety campaign

Los Angeles transportation officials announced a new nationwide safety campaign today at Union Station. Bracing for a busy holiday season, they urged travelers to report suspicious activities and behaviors they observe in airports and train stations to authorities immediately.

Biggest Loser crew on strike

The production crew of The Biggest Loser is on strike. Dozens of crew members walked off the job last week and are picketing the location this morning in Calabasas.

Former Marines sell illegal weapons to Latino gang

Federal agents have arrested three former Marines accused of selling illegal guns to gang members in the San Fernando Valley.