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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

UCLA forecasters predict slow economic recovery

Economists with the UCLA Anderson Forecast offer their quarterly take today on where the domestic economy’s been and where it’s headed. The recession may be ending, they say, but the recovery could be very slow. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports.

State officials move prescription drug database to the Web

A new Web-based tracking system gives California doctors, pharmacists, and police immediate access to a patient’s prescription drug history. KPCC’s Brian Watt says it launched Tuesday.

Teacher organizes reunion to celebrate achievements of past students

This is the first full week of school for hundreds of thousands of students in the Southland. On one night during the summer, some former students of one teacher got together for a reunion of sorts. KPCC’s Brian Watt says the teacher wanted to honor their achievements, and they wanted to honor his.

SoCal economists ponder Lehman's collapse a year later

Economist Ed Leamer says a year ago this month, he and his colleagues at UCLA's Anderson School of Management were expecting the economy to soften in the rest of 2008. Then Lehman Brothers collapsed.

UCLA economist applauds Obama push for new market rules

During a speech to bankers on Wall Street this morning, President Barack Obama called for an ambitious overhaul of the country’s financial regulations. The financial industry executives at the speech reacted quietly.

Carpenter on Santa Monica Pier says it has aged well

The Santa Monica Pier marks its 100th anniversary today. KPCC’s Brian Watt stopped by the pier and met carpenter Eric Broeske. He’s worked on the pier’s maintenance crew for 18 years.

T-shirt memorializes firefighters killed during Station Fire

Firefighters collect T-shirts from the major wildfires they've battled. At the Station Fire, they're also buying T-shirts that honor the two firefighters who died last week. KPCC's Brian Watt has more.

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.