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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

LA firefighters protest $39 million in cuts

KPCC's Steve Julian talks to reporter Brian Watt as Los Angeles firefighters are about to rally in front of City Hall to protest the $39 million in cuts that start tomorrow.

LA84 Foundation dedicates rooftop soccer court in Hollywood

David Beckham scored a goal, but that wasn't enough for the LA Galaxy. European champions FC Barcelona beat the Galaxy 2-1 in front of 93,000 soccer fans at the Rose Bowl. The FC Barcelona squad showed up in the Southland few days early to help the LA84 Foundation dedicate a new soccer pitch on the roof of the Montalban Theatre in Hollywood. KPCC’s Brian Watt stopped in.

Popularity and problems with "Cash for Clunkers"

The federal government’s billion-dollar “Cash for Clunkers” program was so popular, it started running out of gas quickly. Congress rushed Friday to put more in the tank. KPCC’s Brian Watt talked with one Southland car dealer dealing with the program’s popularity and problems .

Michael Jackson's mother to retain custody of children

Michael Jackson’s mother is a big step closer today to keeping custody of the late pop star’s three children. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports.

Route for 25th LA Marathon will be iconic

The Los Angeles Marathon turns 25 next year. KPCC’s Brian Watt tells us that its planners are working on an iconic route.

Pink's Hot Dogs coming soon to LAX

Later this year, international travelers at LAX will be able to sink their teeth into a Hollywood icon. KPCC’s Brian Watt explains.

Major prop shop auctions inventory before closing

The bidding and buying started yesterday at 20th Century Props in North Hollywood. More than 90,000 set pieces from its vast inventory are on the auction block this week, as the prop house prepares to shut down after four decades in business. KPCC’s Brian Watt stopped by.

Hollywood prop house to auction off wares and call it a wrap

20th Century Props starts auctioning off pieces of Hollywood history Tuesday. The North Hollywood prop house is shutting down after four decades of supplying set pieces for films and television shows.

Junior Lifeguards compete in Battle of the Beach

While a lot of us spent a sweltering day in air-conditioned offices or overheating cars, a few hundred 9- to 17-year-olds ran on the sand and worked through the waves Wednesday at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro. KPCC’s Brian Watt observed the competition at the 6th annual Junior Lifeguard Battle of the Beach.

Kids from junior lifeguard program compete

On a sweltering Southland day, kids enjoyed the waves at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro. They took part in Wednesday’s 6th annual junior lifeguard “Battle of the Beach” competition.

Mid-year economic forecast sees bottom of recession near

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation issues its mid-year forecast today. KPCC’s Brian Watt took a look.

LAEDC releases mid-year economic outlook update

The United States should reach the bottom of a deep recession sometime this summer, while California might take until the end of the year. Recovery will follow very slowly in both cases, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation says in its mid-year forecast.

LA County supervisors warn of additional hit from state budget

The word out of Sacramento is that state lawmakers could reach a budget deal today. Los Angeles County officials say that if they’ve heard right about rumored elements of the deal, L.A. County could lose another $850 million.

Foundation sues Health Dept. over lax adult film condom regulation

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is suing the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health over lax regulation of condom use in adult films. KPCC's Brian Watt has the story.

AIDS organization sues Health Dept. over adult film condom use

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is suing the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The lawsuit alleges that the department is failing to combat the spread of sexually transmitted diseases on the sets of hardcore adult films.