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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation issues its mid-year forecast today. KPCC’s Brian Watt took a look.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The country’s only touring African-American rodeo rides into the Southland this weekend. The Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo promotes itself as the “Greatest Show on Dirt.” KPCC’s Brian Watt says it’s celebrating 25 years.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the city of Santa Monica. KPCC’s Brian Watt says the suit alleges that the city violates the constitutional rights of homeless people.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the city of Santa Monica. The lawsuit accuses the city of harassing chronically homeless people without providing enough shelter space where they can sleep.
The union representing thousands of patient care and service workers in the University of California system began a strike Monday. KPCC's Brian Watt went to UCLA's Reagan Medical Center in Westwood, where hundreds of workers picketed.
Drill rigs and hard hats are popping up at a few Los Angeles intersections this week. KPCC’s Brian Watt says L.A. Metro is testing the ground for the proposed Westside Subway Extension.
The Original Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax in Los Angeles is celebrating its 75th birthday this week. KPCC’s Brian Watt stopped by for a slice of history... and pizza.