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
With the “Cash for Clunkers” program set to end on Monday evening, you’d think car dealers would be ramping up promotions to get car buyers to their lots before the deadline.
Los Angeles County's Metropolitan Transportation Authority has spent the last two-and-a-half months drilling for soil samples in 70 locations. KPCC's Brian Watt says those tests are a key early phase of subway construction on L.A.'s Westside.
California expects to score more than $50 billion in federal economic stimulus money. KPCC’s Brian Watt says state and local officials are on the lookout for fraud and abuse.
Organized labor leaders and more than 100 of their supporters shut down a block of Hollywood Boulevard. KPCC’s Brian Watt says they rallied in support of car wash workers’ efforts to join a union.
The non-profit Remote Area Medical treated the last of thousands of patients at its temporary clinic in Inglewood. KPCC’s Brian Watt says the free clinic at the Forum is winding down.
Survivors and the family of the victim of a hate-motivated shooting spree gathered Monday to mark the 10-year anniversary of the shootings.
Ten years ago today, a white supremacist went on a shooting spree that wounded five people at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills. He later shot and killed Filipino-American postal worker Joseph Ileto.
Monday marks 10 years since a hate-motivated shooting spree that killed one person and wounded five others in the San Fernando Valley. White supremacist Buford Furrow, Jr. fired on a woman, a teenage girl, and three boys attending day camp at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills.
Ten years ago Monday, white supremacist Buford Furrow, Jr. fired on a woman, a teenage girl, and three boys attending day camp at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills. He later shot and killed Filipino-American postal worker Joseph Ileto in Chatsworth.
Two months after they voted to accept a new deal with film and primetime TV producers, Screen Actors Guild members are voting on another contract. KPCC Brian Watt explains.
The Los Angeles City Council voted Friday for a permanent ban on new digital billboards, supergraphics, and advertising signs that face freeways. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports.
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Friday to ban new digital billboards and supergraphics – those giant signs that wrap several stories of a building.
The Cash for Clunkers program gets to keep running at least through Labor Day. The U.S. Senate has voted to pour in another $2 billion. When a cash-for-clunkers deal goes through, the customer rides off in a discounted new, more fuel-efficient car. But what does the dealership do with the clunker? KPCC’s Brian Watt explains.
The U.S. Senate voted to pour another $2 billion into the tank of the Cash for Clunkers program. The cash has certainly helped a lot of people buy new, more fuel efficient cars. KPCC’s Brian Watt says the clunkers are giving the used auto parts business a boost.
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote Thursday afternoon on whether to pour another $2 billion into the federal Cash for Clunkers program. The popular incentive lets car buyers trade in old gas guzzlers for rebates of up to $4,500 on new, more fuel-efficient vehicles.