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

Deadline.com editor Nikki Finke jumps ship

After a major falling out with Deadline Hollywood owner Jay Penske, Nikki Finke is leaving the website that she founded to report on the entertainment industry.

Santa Monica Airport: Business asset or too close for comfort?

The city of Santa Monica's lawsuit against the FAA is the latest shot in a long-standing battle over the airport's future. Local businesspeople are watching closely.

BYD accused of mistreating Chinese workers in LA

LA Metro and Long Beach Transit are being asked to cut ties with BYD because the electric vehicle maker has been cited for mistreating employees.

Amazon announces plans for new facility in Moreno Valley

A new report reveals a sharp drop in consumer confidence nationwide; but Amazon seems confident that orders will keep rolling into its SoCal fulfillment centers.

TWC Deportes steps up its 2nd season of Lakers coverage

Time Warner Cable Deportes calls itself the first and only Spanish Language regional sports network. An expanded team hopes to boost the passion behind its coverage.

ABC and Univision's 'Fusion' channel ready to launch

At a time when many Latinos say they want more news and entertainment in English, ABC and Univision have joined forces to launch the Fusion cable channel on Monday.

California home prices up 30 percent over 2012, fastest pace in the nation

California's median home price rose in the last 12 months, and institutional investors are looking for bargains in other states, according to RealtyTrac.

Linking jobs, homes and transit key to LA's future

Putting affordable homes near job sites in LA County is such a challenge, civic leaders and developers are looking to link the two with mass transit.

Back to work: federal employees return in Southern California

National Parks, Small Business Administration district offices reopen in Southern California, and aircraft safety inspectors return to work

Shutdown fallout: Southern Californians face backlogs, extra costs

For those in Southern California affected by the federal shutdown, the mood remains glum, even after Congress ends the impasse.

Fans keep hope alive after Dodgers lose game 2

Anxiety, depression, worry, and tough love. Dodgers fans look for hope and optimism after two NLCS losses to St. Louis.

Team Austria wins the Solar Decathlon at OC's Great Park

The U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon concludes, with Team Austria's 'James-Bond-themed love chalet' taking first place.

Hollywood feels the federal shutdown pinch on location (Photos)

The closure of national parks and forests means some film, television and commercial projects must find alternative locations, while the government loses revenue.

Calif. real estate forecast: Bigger inventories, higher prices

Primary home buyers will make a comeback in 2014, following tough competition with investors for a limited supply of homes, according to a new industry forecast.

Third quarter increase in LA's on-location film production

FilmLA, the city's official film office, reports a 'modest recovery' in on-location film shoots, but cautions that local television production is lagging.