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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

3 high-ranking LAPD officers are finalists to become next chief

The Los Angeles Police Commission has recommended a trio of finalists to replace Police Chief Bill Bratton. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa must now choose between three high-ranking LAPD officers.

Downing named interim LAPD chief

Deputy Chief Michael Downing was named the Los Angeles Police Department's interim chief today. Downing will run the LAPD until a new chief is selected. (Audio: KPCC's Brian Watt reports on Downing's appointment.)

New CA tax incentives begin to keep movie, TV productions from running away

Politicians in Sacramento said they wanted to curb runaway production. Governor Schwarzenegger says that’s resulted in 36 films and television shows scheduled to begin shooting in California between now and the end of the year.

Villaraigosa prepares to interview 3 finalists for LAPD police chief

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – and everyone else – could learn the names of the L.A. Police Commission’s three finalists for the next police chief as early as tomorrow. The Mayor's Office has released a tentative schedule for what happens once the L.A. Police Commission releases the names of its top three picks.

Meetings to discuss LA Westside subway stations

At 6 p.m. tonight at the L.A. County Museum of Art, there's a meeting to discuss potential station stops for the Metro Westside subway extension.

Arts Tune-Up offers management advice to artists

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission is sponsoring a free “arts tune-up.” A lot of artists would be the first to admit they could benefit from a more management savvy. Saturday at the Glendale Civic Auditorium, it’ll be there for the taking.

Long-term unemployment leads to foreclosure for Palmdale man

The home foreclosure crisis started with borrowers willing to take a risk on sub-prime mortgages. Now it’s reaching people who simply can’t find work.

MPAA head Dan Glickman plans to retire next year

The top lobbyist for the film and television industry plans to retire next year. Dan Glickman has led the Motion Picture Association of America for five years.

Unemployment drives foreclosures in California

A record high 937,840 properties nationwide fell into foreclosure between July and September, according to a report out Thursday from Irvine-based RealtyTrac.

Rain causes trouble in Venice area

The first significant rain of the season in Southern California caused some overnight headaches in the Venice area.

Foreclosure victims speak up at public hearing

California has the third highest foreclosure rate in the country. Some state lawmakers don’t believe that federal and state programs designed to avert foreclosures are effective enough. KPCC’s Brian Watt says they sponsored a hearing at Los Angeles City Hall to determine what more the state can do.

California, Interior Dept. agree to fast track renewable energy

A new agreement between California and the U.S. Department of the Interior Monday will speed up plans for renewable energy projects in the state. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports.

4th annual AltCar Expo showcases alternative rides

The 4th annual AltCar Expo started today at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. KPCC’s Brian Watt stopped by to survey everything that runs on anything…but oil.

Public weighs in on Crenshaw Corridor transit options

The Metro Gold Line Extension is set to open soon. The Expo Line is under construction. But LA County Metro has also spent the last two years studying options for a new transit system along Crenshaw Boulevard. Now, the agency’s seeking input from the public. KPCC’s Brian Watt stopped by a hearing last night.

Plans to renovate ballpark in Compton

Retired major league baseball players and city officials convened today at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Compton's Gonzales Park. KPCC's Brian Watt says they celebrated the ballfield's past and made plans for its future.