Brian Watt Business and Economics Reporter

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Brian Watt is a Business and Economics Reporter 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 holds degrees in Theater from Yale University and the Sorbonne, and has worked as an actor in France, Italy, Brazil, Hungary and Hollywood. He appeared in a few television shows, including "The West Wing," "Judging Amy," and "The District."

Stories by Brian Watt

Jobless rate keeps dropping in LA County, but what about Compton?

California continues to add jobs at a faster rate than the country. But in some Southern California neighborhoods, unemployment remains in the double digits

Tech talent shortage trickles down to nonprofits, small firms

Prioritizing diversity makes the small pool of skilled tech workers even smaller. Big firms have the resources to get the first shot at talent. Nonprofits and small firms struggle.

Port truckers win battle for employee status, join Teamsters

Casting off their 'independent contractor' rank, port drivers gained 'employee' status at Shippers Transport Express - then quickly voted to join the Teamsters union.

With LA tourism booming, officials warn of hotel shortage

More than 43 million visitors came to Los Angeles in 2014; but tourism officials say the booming tourism is creating a shortage of hotel rooms.

Rams owner planning NFL stadium in Inglewood

The owner of the St. Louis Rams plans to build an NFL stadium in Los Angeles County, boosting the chances that pro football could return to the region.

Ports prepare for next big cargo rush: Lunar New Year

The weeks leading up to the Chinese Lunar New Year, to be marked on Feb. 19, is the next big cargo rush at the congested ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

LAX passenger totals set to break records

Passenger counts have grown this year at three Southern California airports, with the big one — LAX — on pace to climb out of a slump that's lasted over a decade.

Surfers catch waves before high winds hit SoCal

Rip currents, strong winds and other trappings of an incoming storm system are expected to hit Southern California starting Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Federal mediators offer to help settle port labor dispute

Longshoremen who load and unload cargo at 29 ports from San Diego to Seattle have been working without a contract since July.

In a tough season, how's Lakers merchandise selling?

Sports merchandise sellers say even in a tough year, the Lakers — and Kobe Bryant especially — still move "gear."

New concourse, automated connector train planned for LAX

With airport traffic growing, nearly $5 billion is earmarked for projects including a new passenger concourse and an automated connector train to ease congestion..

537 face layoffs as Boeing winds down C-17 cargo plane production

Long Beach bears the brunt of the Boeing layoffs, with the aerospace company trimming its workforce and winding down production the C-17 Globemaster cargo plane.

Tech industry diversity: How candidates are taking the challenge personally

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is the latest person to call for the tech industry to diversify its overwhelmingly white male workforce. But it's not easy for candidates to make a mark.

CBS programming pulled from Dish Network due to contract dispute

CBS has pulled its programming from Dish Network as of 4 p.m. Friday as part of a contract dispute, following extended negotiations after a Thursday deadline.

Port congestion as a dozen wait to dock at LA, Long Beach

The Marine Exchange of Southern California says anchoring a dozen cargo ships is more complicated. Equipment shortages and a labor dispute are blamed.