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

Metrolink train crash: Truck driver charged with felony hit-and-run (updated)

The driver of the truck involved in a Tuesday morning collision with a Metrolink train has been arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run with injury.

Ports of LA, Long Beach focus on clearing backlog

With the labor dispute behind them, port workers now face 27 ships in the port.

MTA hopes projects create construction 'careers'

California's construction sector lost 40% of its jobs during the recession, but it will be the fastest growing this year. MTA projects will be part of the comeback.

Shared workspaces spreading beyond Silicon Beach

Shared workspaces are on the rise, and backers of L.A.'s technology industry say they're an important part of the region's startup ecosystem.

LAEDC marks 200,000th job created or kept in the county

Groups like this try to keep jobs local. In a global economy, that isn't always easy. California has lost tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs over the last 20 years.

Tax time's 7 deadly sins for freelancers

Los Angeles topped two recent rankings of best cities for freelancers. With tax season upon us, a quick look at common errors freelancers make.

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.