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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

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.

'Help Feed LA' campaign launches

Demand continues to rise at food banks, pantries and shelters in Los Angeles. City Councilman Jose Huizar joined leading food providers today in launching the "Help Feed L.A." campaign.

School district superintendents start nonprofit for education reform

The superintendents of seven California public school districts announced today they’re starting a new nonprofit to try to improve education.

Measure B would tax pot if voters pass Prop 19

If voters approve Proposition 19, it’ll be legal for California adults to possess and use marijuana without a prescription. Local governments will also be able to tax it. Some California cities are planning to move quickly if pot is legalized.

MGM studios prepares 'prepackaged bankruptcy'

MGM Studios has produced a lot of great movies over the decades. Now the movie studio is working on the script of its own bankruptcy.

Chemist becomes 6th UCLA grad to win Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize in literature goes to Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa. The writer of more than 30 novels, plays and essays called the honor a “pleasant surprise.” In Westwood, UCLA is still celebrating a Bruin’s share of the Nobel Prize in chemistry.

New law makes 21 age limit for Calif's foster care system

From now on, California will keep young people in foster care until they turn 21. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger held a ceremonial signing of Assembly Bill 12 in Los Angeles Wednesday.