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
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.
Thursday was a tough day for the Trojans. The governing body for college sports, the NCAA, slapped the University of Southern California with sanctions for violations in its football, men’s basketball and women’s tennis programs.
In a crowded Democratic primary in Assembly District 53, Betsy Butler of Marina Del Rey prevailed over seven other candidates. Butler now faces Republican Nathan Mintz and the Green Party's Lisa Ann Green in the general election.
He's back! Thirty-six years after California voters first elected him governor, Jerry Brown has won the Democratic nomination for the job again. It will be his third run for the state's top office. KPCC's Brian Watt was at Brown's celebration Tuesday night in downtown Los Angeles.
The room is slowly filling up this evening at Club Nokia, where Attorney General Jerry Brown is expected to address the crowd after 8:30 p.m. He passed through at 6:15 and spoke briefly with reporters. Then, the room was empty, filled only with the sound of two big screens broadcasting the Lakers-Celtics game.
A Congressional panel heard comments today in L.A. about the effect a proposed merger between Comcast and NBC Universal might have upon media diversity — on screen, among writers and producers, and in the board rooms.
One of the most competitive political races in the state is in 53rd Assembly District. Ted Lieu represents the coastal district that runs from the South Bay to Venice and Mar Vista. But the termed out Democrat is running for Attorney General, and more than half a dozen candidates seek the nomination to succeed him.
It’s not the most scintillating measure on the June 8 ballot, but Proposition 17 is about something many Californians consider fundamental: auto insurance. The proposition would allow insurance companies to offer the same discount they give to customers who’ve stuck with them awhile to new customers who switch from another insurer.
State officials have approved the Century Boulevard corridor that leads to and from Los Angeles International Airport as a new part of the "State Enterprise Zone" program. The City of Los Angeles’ bid to add the corridor to the program had stalled in Sacramento for almost a year. But recently appointed Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner stepped in to give it a push.
Qantas Flight 11 landed this morning at Los Angeles International Airport – and became the first aircraft to travel on the airport’s new cross-field taxiway. KPCC’s Brian Watt was there.
The Los Angeles City Council agreed to fine banks and other owners that fail to maintain foreclosed properties.
Toyota and Tesla are joining forces to develop and manufacture electric cars. They’ll do it at a recently shuttered auto plant in Fremont, in Northern California. The heads of the two companies and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger held a news conference on Thursday in Palo Alto to announce the deal. The news left the city of Downey, which thought it had a deal with Tesla, in shock.
Today is National Bike to Work Day. [Audio: KPCC's Steve Julian talks to Brian Watt who's at Helen's Cycles in Santa Monica and tells us how people in the Southland are responding to the day.]
The strike at Boeing’s C-17 plant in Long Beach has been on for a week. And the 1,700 workers who usually build the giant cargo planes are now outside walking a picket line. So what’s it like in a plant that makes a product when the product is not being made?