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
KPCC's Brian Watt has a tough time imagining someone achieving success as a vocalist with Duke Ellington’s band and as the first black singing cowboy in Saturday matinee fare like “The Bronze Buckaroo.” Herb Jeffries did both, and set Brian straight during a recent interview.
The deadline is Tuesday, June 6 in Long Beach for small businesses to apply for a new program being launched by Goldman Sachs. The financial firm’s 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative aims to provide management training and access to capital to small business owners across the country.
The pilot of a small plane died Thursday night when the single-engine prop aircraft crashed onto Penmar Golf Course in Venice. Authorities said a student-pilot was flying the plane, practicing takeoffs and landings out of the Santa Monica airport nearby. (Audio: KPCC's Brian Watt speaks wth John Howe, who witnessed the crash.)
Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel chose the first day of the fiscal year to highlight a problem she thinks is keeping the city deep in the red. Her latest audit found that Los Angeles is only collecting about half its bills.
One day after a 15-year-old girl died from a suspected drug overdose sustained during the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky today called for a moratorium on any future raves at the facility.
More than half the homes that sold in California in the first three months of 2010 were in some stage of foreclosure.
Two former adult film actresses are suing the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation. They allege the Sherman Oaks-based foundation that tests adult film performers for sexually transmitted diseases violated their privacy by releasing their health information online.
Many Southland commuters will need some extra change in their pockets starting later this week. Fare increases take effect Thursday on Los Angeles County Metro and the Metrolink commuter rail service.
Construction crews break ground today on the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension. The new light rail line will add 11 miles of track from Pasadena west to Azusa.
Metrolink’s Board of Directors gave its final approval Friday to fare hikes that’ll go into effect July 1. On Saturday, the engineers and crews operating Metrolink trains become employees of Amtrak.
The endless buzz of the South African vuvuzela is missing. Missing, too, are spectators. But in Pasadena, a scaled-down version of the World Cup plays out almost every day in the city-sponsored Adult Soccer League.
The city of Los Angeles’ troubled Department of Animal Services has a new chief. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed Brenda Barnette today after a nationwide search that ended in Seattle, Wash.
Police officers on foot, horseback, bicycle and motorcycle will be on hand Thursday night at Staples Center for Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says his department will deploy four times as many officers as it did when the Lakers won the championship last year.
Six people have filed claims for damages against the Los Angeles City Council and Police Department for injuries they suffered during a scuffle at an L.A. City Council meeting last month. Claimants say police officers responded with violence: swinging batons, shoving, and using Tasers. They maintain that police closed the council chamber's back door and prevented people from leaving.
California is home to plenty of professional sports stadiums and arenas. A state legislative committee held a hearing today near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on the effect those venues have on local economies.