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 chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department, Douglas Barry, announced today that he’s ready to retire. KPCC’s Brian Watt says his announcement follows more than three decades with the department.
A day after the California Supreme Court upheld the state's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, two prominent attorneys announced they're teaming up to challenge it in federal court. KPCC's Brian Watt says the lawyers are better known as legal adversaries.
Chrysler today delivered bad news to about a quarter of its 3,200 dealerships nationwide. They'll have to close so the company can straighten out its finances - and hook up with Italian automaker Fiat. Thirty-two of those doomed dealers are in California. KPCC's Brian Watt talked to one Southland Chrysler dealer whose name was on the list.
The global recession is pushing down demand for products everywhere. That means a slowdown in activity at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. A report out today says the ports are just the first place in the Southland's international trade sector to feel the pain. KPCC's Brian Watt explains.
It’s Bike to Work Week across the country. In Los Angeles, KPCC’s Brian Watt says transportation officials are peddling the idea of two-wheeling it more often.
During a roundtable discussion today in Culver City, officials from smaller cities in the Southland told Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger about their budget woes... and about their hopes that the state won't add to them. KPCC's Brian Watt was there.
Alex Cohen talks to KPCC's Brian Watt as he gives the lastest on day three of the Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara.
Alex Cohen talks to KPCC's Brian Watt as he gives us the details of the number of homes destroyed by the Jesusita Fire in the county of Santa Barbara.
Alex Cohen talks to KPCC reporter Brian Watt as he joins us from the Command Post at the Earl Warren Show Grounds in Santa Barbara and gives us the latest on the fire conditions out there.
Alex Cohen talks to KPCC reporter Brian Watt as he joins us from the Command Post at the Earl Warren Show Grounds in Santa Barbara and fills us in what firefighting techniques are being used to fight the fire.
With the governor declaring a state of emergency on the County of Santa Barbara, Alex Cohen talks to KPCC reporter Brian Watt as he joins us from the Command Post at the Earl Warren Show Grounds in Santa Barbara and brings news that winds are calming down.
Alex Cohen talks to KPCC reporter, Brian Watt, as he joins us from the Command Post at the Earl Warren Show Grounds in Santa Barbara and mandatory evacuations double.
Thursday was a big day for Chrysler. President Obama told us the automaker was headed into bankruptcy and into a merger with Italian automaker Fiat. KPCC's Brian Watt went to the Irwindale Speedway to get reaction to the news from people lined up to take part in Thursday night drag racing.
Alex Cohen talks to KPCC reporter Brian Watt live from the Irwindale Speedway and gets reaction from local racers on the recent news of Chrysler's filing for bankruptcy.
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.