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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

Betsy Butler wins 53rd Assembly District Democratic Primary, faces Republican Nathan Mintz

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.

Jerry Brown wins Democratic nomination, makes third run for California governor

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.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown speaks at Club Nokia

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.

Congressional panel examines how Comcast-NBC merger would affect diversity

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.

8 Democrats vie for coastal 53rd Assembly District

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.

Prop 17 - increased auto insurance competition or hidden surcharges?

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.

Century Boulevard corridor approved as 'State Enterprise Zone'

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.

First plane uses LAX's new cross-field taxiway

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.

LA City Council cracks down on upkeep of foreclosed properties

The Los Angeles City Council agreed to fine banks and other owners that fail to maintain foreclosed properties.

Tesla and Toyota to make electric cars in Fremont, not Downey

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.

National Bike to Work Day today in the Southland

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.]

Boeing C-17 assembly line workers’ strike idles plant

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?

LA City officials kick off Bike Week

City Councilman Tom LaBonge walked his bike up to the front of LAPD headquarters wearing a bike helmet and a warm-up suit. He confessed that the morning drizzle forced him to make only half of his commute by bicycle. He described the last stretch as a little scary.

Day starts with layoffs, prayer at Homeboy Industries

For 20 years, Homeboy Industries has given East L.A. gang members a chance to get out of trouble. Now the acclaimed anti-gang program is in trouble itself. It hasn’t been able to raise the money it needs to keep 300 or so ex-gang-bangers employed and off the streets. Father Greg Boyle, the Jesuit priest who founded Homeboy announced to his staff that everyone’s been laid off.

LA Times parent company hopes green words link to money

Certain articles and blog posts on the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune websites sport a few choice words tinted green. The green words are links to e-commerce sites like and TicketNetwork, which the media company that owns the two newspapers hopes will be a new source of financial green.