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 AIDS Healthcare Foundation is suing the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The lawsuit alleges that the department is failing to combat the spread of sexually transmitted diseases on the sets of hardcore adult films.
The country’s only touring African-American rodeo rides into the Southland this weekend. The Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo promotes itself as the “Greatest Show on Dirt.” KPCC’s Brian Watt says it’s celebrating 25 years.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the city of Santa Monica. KPCC’s Brian Watt says the suit alleges that the city violates the constitutional rights of homeless people.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the city of Santa Monica. The lawsuit accuses the city of harassing chronically homeless people without providing enough shelter space where they can sleep.
The union representing thousands of patient care and service workers in the University of California system began a strike Monday. KPCC's Brian Watt went to UCLA's Reagan Medical Center in Westwood, where hundreds of workers picketed.
Drill rigs and hard hats are popping up at a few Los Angeles intersections this week. KPCC’s Brian Watt says L.A. Metro is testing the ground for the proposed Westside Subway Extension.
The Original Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax in Los Angeles is celebrating its 75th birthday this week. KPCC’s Brian Watt stopped by for a slice of history... and pizza.
A federal indictment unsealed this morning alleges that 42 people took part in a ring that defrauded the state’s Medi-Cal insurance program of four-and-a-half million dollars. KPCC’s Brian Watt has more on what prosecutors called an elaborate criminal enterprise.
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.