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
Hand crews and seven helicopters are fighting a brush fire that started this afternoon in the Sepulveda Pass, three-quarters of a mile north of the Getty Center.
About 350 firefighters are on location battling a brush fire near the Sepulveda Pass. Fire officials have recommended voluntary evacuations in the area. Alex Cohen talks to KPCC's Brian Watt and says the fire has burned at least 80 acres.
A brush fire continues to burn near the Sepulveda Pass . Alex Cohen talks to KPCC's Brian Watt and brings news that the fire is now 20 percent contained.
The Getty Center and Mount St. Mary's College were evacuated due to a fire near the Sepulveda Pass. Alex Cohen talks to KPCC's Brian Watt reporting from the command post for the fire and says winds are calm.
Alex Cohen talks to KPCC's Brian Watt as he brings the latest details on the fire near the Getty Center.
The Los Angeles Police Department got its wish for Tuesday’s Michael Jackson memorial: much smaller crowds than anyone had anticipated. KPCC’s Brian Watt says that made for a pretty calm day in downtown L.A.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Starting tomorrow, it’ll cost $15 to park at the Getty Center and Getty Villa. That’s up from $10.
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.
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.
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.
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.