Brian Watt to Anchor KQED Morning News
KQED Public Radio 88.5 FM announced today that Brian Watt will host the station’s local news during its flagship program Morning Edition. His first day on air will be April 11, 2016.
Brian has been a reporter with Southern California Public Radio (SCPR), in Los Angeles, for nine years. Most recently he covered the working and entrepreneurship beat. Before joining SCPR, he worked as a producer for the Marketplace Morning Report. Brian’s work has won several awards from the Los Angeles Press Club, the Radio Television News Association of Southern California and Public Radio News Directors Incorporated.
“Brian’s passion for public service, great voice and depth of experience are exactly what we were looking for in a news anchor,” said Holly Kernan, KQED executive editor for news. “He’ll be a terrific addition to a very talented team, and we look forward to having Brian guide us through the local news landscape each morning.”
“KQED is a gold standard in local public broadcasting, so I’m honored, thrilled and humbled to get this opportunity,” said Watt. “This is the work that I’ve always wanted to do, in a place where I’ve always wanted to live. I’m very proud of my accomplishments as a reporter, but my ultimate goal in public radio has always been to host or anchor, to tell listeners things they need to know and bring them stories that they want to hear.”
Prior to dedicating himself full-time to journalism, Brian gained deep experience in the arts and politics. In 1998, he earned a masters in theater from the Sorbonne Theater Studies Institute in Paris. As an actor, he appeared on TV shows including The West Wing and The District and performed in France, Italy, Poland and Brazil, and even filmed a movie in Budapest, Hungary. After graduating from Yale in 1990, Brian served as a personal assistant to U.S. Senator Harris Wofford before becoming campaign manager for his father Mel Watt’s successful congressional campaign.
Watt has deep ties to the Bay Area, “I am lucky to have married a woman from San Francisco, whom I met two decades ago in Paris. After years of making numerous visits, we’re bringing our four-year-old son to live closer to his grandparents and a huge Bay Area family.”
KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. Home to one of the most listened-to public radio stations in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services and an award-winning education program, and as a leader and innovator in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas.
As other news organizations have shrunk, KQED has expanded its efforts to cover the issues and events that are important to the Bay Area. As the most trusted source of news in the Bay Area, KQED is a multiplatform operation with offices and bureaus in San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Fresno and Los Angeles. Stories from all KQED news programs are featured online at KQEDnews.org.