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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

Los Angeles County agency uses federal stimulus money to create jobs

The White House is holding a summit today with business leaders. The topic: job creation. The Obama administration’s stimulus package set aside hundreds of millions of dollars to pay people to work in public agencies and private companies and non-profits. In Los Angeles County, the South Bay Workforce Investment Board is in charge of making that happen.

Man claims he spied on Muslims for FBI

A man who says he spied on Muslims in the Southland for the FBI says West Covina Superior Court records will back up his claim. That court will decide later this week whether to unseal those records.

Angeleno plans to sleep in on Black Friday

Some people are up early Friday morning to hunt down good Black Friday deals, but others are sleeping in.

Southland groups, volunteers offer free Thanksgiving meals to people in need

Across the Southland this Thanksgiving Day, businesses, charitable organizations, and a wide variety of volunteers are offering meals to people in need. Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles took on the atmosphere of a summer street festival.

Some stores open for holiday shopping on Thanksgiving

For those who can't wait until Black Friday to begin their holiday shopping, some retailers have opened their doors on Thanksgiving.

Downey approves lease deal aimed at electric carmaker Tesla

Where Boeing once built spacecraft, Tesla Motors could soon build electric cars. The city council in Downey voted Wednesday to approve an incentive package that would bring a Tesla factory to town. This would mark the return of auto manufacturing to Southern California for the first time since General Motors closed its Van Nuys Plan in 1992.

Hundreds line up for free Thanksgiving turkeys at Los Angeles Convention Center

A lot of people showed up Monday morning for the L.A. Convention Center’s Thanksgiving turkey giveaway. There was a supply of 2,400 birds.

Calif. unemployment rises, but state gains jobs

California’s unemployment rate climbed to 12.5 percent in October. That’s up slightly from the month before, and the highest it’s been since World War II. But the Golden State saw some signs of job growth.

Metrolink board delays vote on raising fares

At a meeting Friday, Metrolink’s board of directors did something that’s likely to make riders happy. It delayed a vote on yet another rate increase. The board decided to consider some alternatives.

FAA manages turnover in air traffic controllers

If the job market looks grim, the picture is different for air traffic controllers. Many active ones are approaching the mandatory retirement age of 56. The Federal Aviation Administration hired them to replace those who President Ronald Reagan fired for going out on strike in the early 1980s.

Getty Leadership Institute announces move to Claremont Graduate University

The Getty Leadership Institute announced Thursday that it’s changing locations, from the campus of the Getty Center in West Los Angeles to the campus of Claremont Graduate University.

Foreclosure rate falls, but drivers of the crisis remain

Irvine-based RealtyTrac says the nationwide foreclosure rate dropped for the third straight month in October, but that doesn’t mean the crisis is close to ending.

Federal agency settles lawsuit over backlogged citizenship applications

Hundreds of immigrants in the Southland will get the opportunity to become U.S. citizens now that the federal government has settled a 2-year-old class action lawsuit by civil rights groups.

Former president of AMPTP Nick Counter passes away

Nick Counter, the former president of the Alliance of Motion Picture and TV Producers, died Friday. Counter led the Alliance for 27 years.

Muslim leaders condemn violence at Fort Hood

Southern California Muslim leaders and law enforcement officials held a news conference to express solidarity after the deadly shooting in Fort Hood, Texas. A gunman opened fire at the Army post, killing 12 people and injuring more than a dozen others. The Muslim Public Affairs Council condemned the violence and the group said it's contacted federal authorities to learn more about the suspected shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. Los Angeles city and county law enforcement officials have increased patrols and officer presence around area mosques and other religious institutions. KPCC's Brian Watt was at the group's news conference and spoke with All Things Considered host Alex Cohen. (Audio: Extended details on the press conference.)