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
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.
The Los Angeles City Fire Department’s plan to limit the use of some fire trucks and ambulances goes into full effect on Thursday. The plan’s designed to shave tens of millions of dollars from the department’s budget. KPCC’s Brian Watt says dozens of off-duty firefighters showed up at City Hall Wednesday to protest the plan – and to warn people about its consequences.
Dozens of Los Angeles city firefighters converged on City Hall this morning. They protested L.A.’s plans to shut down some fire engines and ambulances on a rotating basis. The plans are designed to help the Fire Department cut more than $50 million from its budget.
The man Bill Bratton replaced as Los Angeles Police chief offered a brief reaction to news of his resignation.
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.
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.
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 is a big step closer today to keeping custody of the late pop star’s three children. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports.
The Los Angeles Marathon turns 25 next year. KPCC’s Brian Watt tells us that its planners are working on an iconic route.