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
Universal Studios in Hollywood held the first round of interviews on Monday for tour guide positions at the theme park. Hundreds of people waited for hours in a line that snaked from the "will call" window past the spinning Universal globe fountain.
Tax season is a time when many of us must reckon with our inner procrastinator. As a reporter, I’ve been procrastinating on going up and interviewing one of those people you see on different street corners in Los Angeles dressed as the Statue of Liberty.
Relatives, friends, US Marines, and hundreds of LAPD officers mourned the loss of Los Angeles SWAT officer and Marine Reservist Robert J. Cottle Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles. 45-year-old Robert James Cottle was the first LAPD officer killed during military service in Afghanistan.
From time to time, the Pentagon threatens to stop buying new C-17s. If it ever happens, it would shut down the assembly line in Long Beach — and bring an end to jetliner manufacturing in Southern California. A lot of people in Long Beach are working hard to make sure that doesn’t happen.
A newly filed gang injunction is aimed at stopping drug sales and improving the safety of Skid Row residents, District Attorney Steve Cooley and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich announced today. "The days of the rampant drug dealing, the open and notorious drug dealing on the streets of Skid Row are over," said Trutanich. "If you continue to deal drugs and prey on the most vulnerable in our society, yes you will be arrested and your home will be a jail."
The Los Angeles Lakers may be struggling down the last stretch of the NBA’s regular season, but they received some good news Monday morning about team owner Jerry Buss. Dr. Buss is headed for the Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Los Angeles Mission served 3,000 meals today to homeless people and others in need on Skid Row. The meals were part of the Mission’s annual Good Friday Easter Event.
The Obama administration’s new fuel efficiency and emissions standards for cars drew praise today from California environmentalists and state officials. They converged on L.A.’s Petersen Automotive Museum to explain how the Golden State has already paved a green road.
Hundreds of people filled a hotel ballroom in Long Beach Wednesday morning to assess the "Pulse of the Ports." An economist, and representatives of container shippers, railways, longshore workers, and truckers offered their forecasts for the industry of shipping and moving goods.
Amtrak will operate Metrolink trains starting in late June. The national passenger rail company and the Southland’s commuter rail service announced their new contract Friday.
Friends and family of Mario Deleon Rivera held a candlelight vigil Thursday in South Los Angeles. Rivera died Tuesday evening in a gang-related shooting.
The Los Angeles Marriott Downtown has a new owner. A real estate developer from China has taken over the financially troubled hotel.
Americans are producing more, but job growth is very sluggish. So UCLA’s Anderson Forecast has pronounced the domestic economy “bipolar.”
More than a hundred employees of the Los Angeles Superior Court system marched in downtown Los Angeles to protest the layoffs of more than 300 of their colleagues.
The Los Angeles Superior Court system announced today that it's laying off more than 300 employees and closing 17 courtrooms. It's the system's latest attempt to deal with a budget crisis.