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

Fits and Starts: Tourism booms again in LA, Orange counties

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.

405 traffic: A little slower after $1 billion upgrade

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.

LA County leads NY, Boston, Silicon Valley in high-tech jobs

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.

Upswing continues for Los Angeles County labor market

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.

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."