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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

Bands and floats debut for 2010 Rose Parade

As New Years Day draws near, the sights and sounds of flowers and marching bands converge on Pasadena for final preparations and a pre-parade blowout.

LA City Councilwoman Janice Hahn announces leaders

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn plans to run for lieutenant governor in the year ahead. She's signed up a campaign team with a lot of experience.

LA law firm co-chairman Paul Irving selected as Harvard fellow

For close to a quarter-century, Paul H. Irving has practiced law at Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. Now that he’s 57-years-old, he plans to retire as co-chairman of the firm to take a fellowship at Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative.

Metrolink looks to track down federal money for new rail safety system

President Barack Obama recently signed a spending bill that allocates $50 million for a railroad-safety system known as “positive train control.” Metrolink hopes to grab as much of that cash as it can.

Free rides on LA Metro during certain Holiday hours

Between 9 p.m. Christmas Eve and 2 a.m. on Christmas Day, you won’t have to pay to ride Metro trains and buses.

2 critically injured in Metrolink crash in Sun Valley

A Metrolink train hit a pickup truck this morning in the San Fernando Valley. It happened shortly after 7 at the intersection of North San Fernando Road and Branford Street in the Sun Valley/Pacoima area.

ESPN launches local Web site for LA media market

A well-known sports news machine just unwrapped its new Web site for Southland-centric sports news. ESPNLos Angeles.com launched on Monday with lots of love for the Lakers, but plenty of attention paid to the Clippers, Dodgers, Bruins, Trojans, Kings and Ducks.

Hollywood auction to benefit arts program for at-risk youth

An auction of thousands of items from the Hollywood Entertainment Museum continues Sunday at the Hollywood Center Studios. The museum is raising funds for its education program.

Hollywood history for auction to benefit media arts program for at-risk youth

More than 100 years of Hollywood history are up for auction to raise funds for the Hollywood Media Arts Academy. The academy provides traditional and media arts education to high school drop-outs, youth on probation, foster youth and students in need of an alternative.

Memorial services set for Avery Clayton, Black History archivist, in Culver City

Friends and relatives of Avery Clayton plan to remember him Saturday. Clayton was the custodian of one of the country’s major black history archives. Clayton died suddenly during a Thanksgiving family gathering.

LAPD releases aged composite sketches of "Grim Sleeper" serial killer

Los Angeles police have gone back to the drawing board in their search for the so-called “Grim Sleeper” serial killer. KPCC’s Brian Watt says investigators have released new composite sketches of the suspect.

LAPD releases aged composite sketches of "Grim Sleeper" serial killer

Los Angeles police have gone back to the drawing board in their search for the so-called “Grim Sleeper” serial killer. KPCC’s Brian Watt says investigators have released new composite sketches of the suspect.

LA, 13 other world cities, form C40 Electric Vehicle Network

As world leaders haggle in Copenhagen to reach a climate change deal, city leaders are doing what they can to take up the slack. Los Angeles is joining 13 other major cities around the world to make it easier for vehicles to plug in.

Trucking firm CRST is hiring in Southern California during down economy

It’s been a tough two years for truck drivers. It started when diesel fuel prices soared, and then the economy all but crashed. Now, employment in the trucking industry is at its lowest level in almost 15 years. Through it all, one nationwide trucking company - CRST - has sent a recruiter almost every month to the Harbor Work Source Center in San Pedro. His most recent visit was earlier this week.

Metrolink CEO Solow will take on new role

Metrolink’s board of directors announced today that the agency’s chief executive, David Solow is stepping down.