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

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.

Truckers strike ends at ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach

The last two companies targeted in the strike agreed to continued discussions with the Teamsters Union, which wants to represent the truck drivers.

Some truckers end Port strike; others still picketing

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti helped broker a truce between striking truck drivers at LA-Long Beach ports, the Teamsters Union and three trucking companies.

Truckers strike amid slowdown at LA and Long Beach ports

The number involved in the latest protest isn’t clear. But picket lines have added to existing tensions at the two ports handling 40 percent of the country’s imports.

Low-cost gas boosts tour business: Check prices in your area

Angelenos are paying $1.08 less for a gallon of gas than they were 6 months ago. That price drop gave Starline Tours enough extra cash to invest in technology.

Retailers start feeling the pinch of port shipping delays

The owner of AirSplat, a local seller of Airsoft guns, says he doesn't care who's causing delays at the ports. He just wants it to stop costing his company.

USC program helps veterans succeed in the civilian workforce

Offering an MBA curriculum specifically designed for veterans, students are encouraged to use their military experience to land professional civilian jobs.

Shippers accuse union of contributing to LA port congestion

In a statement, the Pacific Maritime Association says the ILWU is refusing to dispatch hundreds of workers to move containers in terminal yards.

Election 2014: Kuehl wins LA Supervisors Race (and other local election results)

Labor unions helped retired state legislator Sheila Kuehl best Bobby Shriver to win a seat on the powerful Los Angeles Board of Supervisors.

Union, shipping companies dispute cause of port slowdown

Shipping companies accuse the dockworkers union of slowing down productivity in Seattle and Tacoma. Could the feud spread, affecting the Ports of LA and Long Beach?

Herbalife stock climbs following class action settlement

The LA-based weight-loss nutritional products giant also posted an increase in quarterly earnings, but those numbers fell short of Wall Street expectations.

$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.