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
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.
A study of northbound 405 traffic between the 10 and 101 freeways reveals that during the peak rush hour, cars aren't moving any faster despite a new carpool lane.
High-tech jobs account for 9 percent of employment in Los Angeles County and 17 percent of the payroll wages earned, according to a newly released economic report.
With fewer unemployed people in LA County, local residents are spending more. A Beacon Economics forecast predicts the improvement will continue in the coming years.
A new wide-ranging report found a quarter veterans in L.A. are unemployed. Among those with jobs, USC researchers said, many work for meager wages.
The government will allow six production companies to fly drones for the purpose of shooting films, television shows or other video products.
In a true sign of downtown Los Angeles' resurgence, the owners of the Wilshire Grand announce the new hotel will be an InterContinental.
At West Coast ports, goods continue to flow, as do negotiations nearly three months after a labor contract covering dockworkers expired.