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

$800,000 campaign fight for control of Santa Monica Airport

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.

Fight to control Ontario International Airport heads to court

After hearing arguments Friday, a Superior Court judge could rule on the validity of agreements that gave Los Angeles control over Ontario International Airport.

UCLA study: Least wealthy LA areas among most generous to charities

40 percent of Angelenos say they donate to charity, but generosity fell off during the recession and never fully rebounded.

'Sideways' film turns 10: Still makes waves in local economy

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.

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