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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

New York memorabilia vendor comes to L.A. to pay last respects to the King of Pop

Michael Jackson's public memorial at Staples Center starts at 10a.m. Steve Julian talks to KPCC's Brian Watt about Michael Jackson memorabilia vendors near the downtown arena.

Crowd begins to gather for Michael Jackson's public memorial

Michael Jackson's public memorial at Staples Center starts at 10a.m. KPCC's Brian Watt is on Olympic Blvd and Figueroa St. near the downtown arena. He joins Steve Julian as the early morning crowd starts to gather for the event.

Lawsuit alleges state allows insurance companies to deny coverage for child autism treatments

A new lawsuit alleges that the California Department of Managed Health Care is violating state law by allowing health insurers to refuse payment for certain treatments for kids with autism. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports.

Parking rates rise at Getty Center, Getty Villa

If you plan on driving to the Getty Center or Getty Villa this Independence Day weekend, take a little extra money. Starting tomorrow, parking rates at the museums go up from $10 to $15 per car. More on the story from KPCC’s Brian Watt.

Parking fee at Getty Center, Getty Villa rises to $15

Starting tomorrow, it’ll cost $15 to park at the Getty Center and Getty Villa. That’s up from $10.

LA County dead phone lines cost $1.5 million per year

Los Angeles County officials are about halfway through the process of finding thousands of phone lines the county pays for, but doesn’t use. So far, they’ve found more than 8,000 dead phone lines that cost taxpayers more than $1.5 million a year.

San Fransisco souvenir merchant sells goods at Lakers parade

KPCC reporter Brian Watt chats with a souvenir seller who came all the way from San Fransisco to get a glimpse at his favorite team, the Lakers , and to boost his business by selling some Lakers memorabilia at Wednesday's parade event.

Anderson Forecast says economy will recover slowly

The economists of UCLA’s Anderson Forecast offered their takes today on the economy. KPCC’s Brian Watt says the Anderson economists see a recovering patient – and an anxious kid in the back seat.

State budget mess will slow down California’s comeback from recession

The national and state economies are showing some signs of recovery, but California’s budget mess is going to make the comeback much tougher. That’s the message from UCLA’s Anderson Forecast released today.

Humanitarian stops through LA for thousands of hugs

Thousands of people are lining up at a hotel near L.A. International Airport for a hug. Not just any hug, says KPCC’s Brian Watt, but a big one from a woman many people consider a saint.

Humanitarian 'Amma' stops through LA for thousands of hugs

A woman who’s reportedly hugged more than 28 million people all over the world is visiting Los Angeles to add thousands more hugs to her total. KPCC Brian Watt observed the goings-on at the Radisson Hotel near L.A. International Airport.

LA Animal Services to provide free sterilizations

There’ll be a long line of dogs and owners Saturday at the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services’ South L.A. Animal Care Center. KPCC’s Brian Watt tells why.

SAG leaders look for unity

SAG members have spoken. After a year-long drama, members of the Screen Actors Guild have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new contract for film and prime-time television. KPCC’s Brian Watt says the members of the largest actor’s union may be on the same page, but the Guild’s leadership remains divided.

SAG leadership ready to move on from contract dispute

Screen Actors Guild members have ratified a new film and prime-time TV contract. Seventy-eight percent of them have voted for the new deal the union reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and TV producers. The result follows more than a year of stalls and stalemates between the two sides.

SAG members ratify contract

The votes are counted, and members of the Screen Actors Guild have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a contract with film and prime-time television producers. KPCC’s Brian Watt has more.