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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 County firefighter remembers 1 killed by Station Fire

Two Los Angeles County firefighters, Captain Ted Hall and Specialist Arnie Quinones, died during the Station Fire. A public memorial for them is scheduled Saturday morning at Dodger Stadium.

Firefighters collect T-shirts from major wildfires

As with rock concert tours and sporting events, big fires like the Station Fire have created a sideline t-shirt industry.

'Been There. Fought that. Got the T-shirt.'

“Been There. Done That. Got the T-shirt.” KPCC’s Brian Watt says the phrase applies - especially to firefighters.

Tujunga Canyon resident confronts fire officials

Governor Schwarzenegger and fire officials toured a burned-out neighborhood Thursday in Big Tujunga Canyon. KPCC’s Brian Watt says they met a man who’d lost his home, and asked them why.

Governor visits Big Tujunga fire area

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and fire officials visited a neighborhood near the Big Tujunga Fire Station in the Angeles National Forest. The Station Fire had burned most of the homes there to the ground.

CA students improve slightly on exit exam

Slightly more than 90 percent of California’s high school class of 2009 passed the state’s high school exit exam. That’s a little better than the previous senior class. KPCC’s Brian Watt says the state schools chief Jack O’Connell wants to see even better results.

Thousands of homes threatened by fire; people forced to evacuate

KPCC's Steve Julian talks to Brian Watt who's at an evacuation center in La Cresenta. Brian talks to the director of that evacuation center.

Station Fire grows overnight; more evacuation centers may be needed

KPCC's Steve Julian talks to Brian Watt about the possibility of increasing the number of evacuation centers if the Station Fire continues to spiral out of control.

Fire evacuees give eyewitness account

KPCC's Steve Julian talks to reporter Brian Watt, who's joined by an evacuee at the Verdugo High School evacuation center, and tells us what his experience has been so far.

Fire evacuees sleep at evacuation centers

The Station Fire in the Angeles National Forest has grown an additional 16,000 acres overnight. KPCC's Steve Julian talks to Brian Watt as people sleep at the evacuation center at Verdugo High School.

'Sex tourists' arrested in Cambodia return to LA for prosecution

Three men arrested in Cambodia are passing through Los Angeles to face federal charges relating to child sexual exploitation. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports.

Disney makes a Marvel of a deal

M-I-C. “See you” at the comic book store. K-E-Y. Why? Because the Walt Disney Company is buying Marvel Entertainment. KPCC’s Brian Watt says the purchase is worth an estimated $4 billion.

Millage Peaks named interim LA fire chief

The Los Angeles Fire Department says goodbye to Chief Douglas Barry. He’s retiring after 34 years with the department. Last Friday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa nominated Millage Peaks to succeed Barry.

Mayor Villaraigosa nominates Peaks as next fire chief

Four fires are burning in the Los Angeles area, and L.A. City Fire Chief Douglas Barry is set to begin his retirement Monday, August 31. So it’s a good time to find out who will succeed him. At a city hall news conference today, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said his choice is Battalion Chief Millage Peaks. KPCC's Brian Watt says Peaks is a 33-year veteran of the L.A. Fire Department.

LA mayor nominates Millage Peaks as next fire chief

With four fires burning in the Los Angeles area, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa named Millage Peaks as his choice to be the next chief of the L.A. Fire Department. KPCC's Brian Watt reports from City Hall.