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 last two companies targeted in the strike agreed to continued discussions with the Teamsters Union, which wants to represent the truck drivers.
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti helped broker a truce between striking truck drivers at LA-Long Beach ports, the Teamsters Union and three trucking companies.
The number involved in the latest protest isn’t clear. But picket lines have added to existing tensions at the two ports handling 40 percent of the country’s imports.
Angelenos are paying $1.08 less for a gallon of gas than they were 6 months ago. That price drop gave Starline Tours enough extra cash to invest in technology.
The owner of AirSplat, a local seller of Airsoft guns, says he doesn't care who's causing delays at the ports. He just wants it to stop costing his company.
Offering an MBA curriculum specifically designed for veterans, students are encouraged to use their military experience to land professional civilian jobs.
In a statement, the Pacific Maritime Association says the ILWU is refusing to dispatch hundreds of workers to move containers in terminal yards.
Labor unions helped retired state legislator Sheila Kuehl best Bobby Shriver to win a seat on the powerful Los Angeles Board of Supervisors.
Shipping companies accuse the dockworkers union of slowing down productivity in Seattle and Tacoma. Could the feud spread, affecting the Ports of LA and Long Beach?
The LA-based weight-loss nutritional products giant also posted an increase in quarterly earnings, but those numbers fell short of Wall Street expectations.
In one of the most contentious and expensive ballot battles in Santa Monica, two competing measures attempt to define who will control the city's airport.
After hearing arguments Friday, a Superior Court judge could rule on the validity of agreements that gave Los Angeles control over Ontario International Airport.
40 percent of Angelenos say they donate to charity, but generosity fell off during the recession and never fully rebounded.
It's been a decade since a surprise indie hit burst on the film scene — bringing fame and a dose of good fortune to the economy of the Santa Ynez Valley.
In L.A. and Orange County, the tourism industry took a beating during the recession but has come back even stronger since, and projections are rosy.