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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

Future looking good for auto mechanics

The future's uncertain right now for the people who make cars, but it looks pretty good for people who fix them. That's what KPCC's Brian Watt learned in Pomona at a recent statewide auto repair skills competition for high school students.

LAX guards against swine flu

Forty-five daily flights to and from Mexico operate from Los Angeles International Airport. To guard against swine flu, it’s cleaning the restrooms in the international terminals twice an hour. KPCC’s Brian Watt spoke with a family just off a plane from Guadalajara, Mexico.

Muslim leader Dr. Hassan Hathout dies

A funeral service took place today for Dr. Hassan Hathout, a prominent Muslim leader in the Southland. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports.

FAA publishes number of bird strikes for past 19 years

The Federal Aviation Administration has published the number of reported bird strikes at U.S. airports for the past 19 years. Since then, Los Angeles International Airport has reported 940.

New group forms to oppose Prop 1A

Supporters of Proposition 1A launched a statewide television ad campaign today. KPCC’s Brian Watt says a new group also fired up its campaign against the ballot measure.

SAG's national board approves tentative agreement

The Screen Actors Guild’s National Board approved a tentative contract agreement yesterday with film and TV producers. But KPCC’s Brian Watt says the drama will continue until SAG’s rank and file members vote.

SAG's national board approves tentative primetime TV and film agreement

The Screen Actors Guild's National Board approved a tentative contract agreement yesterday with film and TV producers. Now it's up to the Guild's rank and file to ratify or reject it. KPCC's Brian Watt says that vote could be the last scene in a long drama - or just another plot twist.

People gather at Dockweiler State Beach to protest taxes

Yesterday’s tax filing deadline compelled people across the country to protest the taxes they’re paying. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports on a rally at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey.

Veterans job fair held in Long Beach

A job fair focused on veterans today is attracting former active duty military of all ages and backgrounds. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports from Long Beach.

Shooting at Long Beach Memorial Hospital

Shirley Jahad talks to KPCC reporter Brian Watt as details emerge from the shooting at the Long Beach Memorial Hospital.

Boxer Oscar De La Hoya retires

"The Golden Boy" Oscar De La Hoya retired from professional boxing on Tuesday. KPCC's Brian Watt went to the announcement by L.A.'s greatest boxer .

Radisson Hotel LAX signs labor contract with UNITE HERE

For more than five years, the UNITE HERE union has tried to organize workers at five hotels near Los Angeles International Airport. Today the Radisson LAX became the fourth of those hotels to sign a labor contract. KPCC's Brian Watt went to the signing ceremony.

Insurance commissioner explains how state catches drivers without insurance

The tough economy has a lot of people trying to trim their monthly expenses. KPCC’s Brian Watt says they should think twice before they drop their auto insurance.

LA city attorney reaches settlement with hospital over dumping patients on Skid Row

L.A. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo says College Hospital Costa Mesa may have dumped as many as 150 psychiatric patients on Skid Row in the last couple of years. His office has reached a settlement with the hospital. KPCC's Brian Watt reports.

Census begins with pep rally for canvassers at LA City Hall

The first wave of next year’s federal census started today. In the next few months, 140,000 temporary government workers are canvassing every street and road in the country to verify addresses. KPCC’s Brian Watt says the effort launched with a rally at Los Angeles City Hall.