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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

Survey finds many LA veterans earning poverty wages

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.

FAA decision paves way for drone use in films made in US

The government will allow six production companies to fly drones for the purpose of shooting films, television shows or other video products.

Future Wilshire Grand to be an InterContinental Hotel

In a true sign of downtown Los Angeles' resurgence, the owners of the Wilshire Grand announce the new hotel will be an InterContinental.

In port labor talks, no news appears to be good news

At West Coast ports, goods continue to flow, as do negotiations nearly three months after a labor contract covering dockworkers expired.

Construction sector boosts California job gains in August

Jobless rate holds steady in California in August, but the state adds 44,200 jobs, more than any other state in the country, with boost from Construction sector.

How many jobs will Warner Bros. cut to hit financial target?

Warner Bros. says there's no headcount reduction target, but there is a substantial financial target.

Gov. Brown to sign film tax credit bill in Hollywood

After a year-long campaign, Hollywood will host Governor Jerry Brown's signing ceremony for AB 1839 - the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act

FAA awards another grant to Inglewood to help soften LAX jet noise

To soundproof more homes against noise from LAX jets, Inglewood is receiving another annual grant from the FAA, says Congresswoman Maxine Waters' office.

LA's bad roads: Why you're spending an extra $2,485 a year, study says

Californians lose $44 billion a year because of bad roadways, according to a new study. Congestion robs the average L.A. driver of 61 hours per year.

California high surf caused $20 million in damage

Authorities say last month's high surf caused about $20 million in damage to a breakwater at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex.

Studios targeted in lawsuit for alleged 'no poaching' pacts

The complaint says the studios "secretly agreed to work together to deprive thousands of their workers of better wages and opportunities to advance their careers at other companies."

LA Clippers' new ad agency is RPA of Santa Monica

Continuing a fresh start in the post-Donald Sterling era, the Los Angeles Clippers choose Santa Monica-based RPA as its new lead advertising agency.

Allegiant Air now charging $5 fee for airport check-in

The low-cost carrier says it is pushing passengers toward paperless boarding using their smartphones or tablets and trying to save money.

Is the bottled water industry shrinking Calif's water supply?

Demand for bottled water in the Golden State has been booming, but what effect does the industry's use of California's water supply have on the state's drought?

Governor, legislators reach deal to boost CA film tax credit

$330 million isn't the $400 million many supporters were hoping for, but it's still more than triple what California now offers to film and TV productions.