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

Subscribers sue cable company over Dodgers, Lakers channels

Lawsuit accuses Time Warner Cable of forcing subscribers to pay for Dodgers and Lakers broadcasts, even though many say they don't watch the games.

Update: Dreamworks to partner with German broadcaster in addition to Netflix

The announcement underscores the production company's aggressive move into television, said Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.

UPDATE: Vigil held for victims of Santa Monica shooting

Court records show the mother of John Zawahri, who fatally shot five people last week, once sought a restraining order against her husband.

Santa Monica shooting: Debra Fine tells of surviving being shot

Debra Fine tried to stop John Zawahri from pointing his gun at a woman in another car. He gave her a "very cold" stare and then shot her four times.

Santa Monica shooting: 4 victims and 1 suspect dead, gunman acted alone (updated)

Police said Friday night four people died in a shooting rampage that started at a small home in Santa Monica and spilled onto the campus of Santa Monica College, where police exchanged gunfire with the suspected gunman, who died in the library. Earlier they said six were dead.

Powerhouse Fire: Latest tally is 53 structures, 24 homes burned

Officials have revised upward their estimate of the destruction caused by the wildfire that burned 30,274 acres northwest of Green Valley near Palmdale.

Report: US economic recovery is slow but CA remains a bright spot

UCLA Anderson Forecast says U.S. economic growth is too slow to be a real recovery, but California's performance is 'a bright spot.'

Los Angeles racing to the top for new construction jobs

New home construction and road and infrastructure projects added 9,400 construction jobs in L.A., the third highest jump in the U.S.

The Port of LA moves to preserve its history

As it modernizes for the future, The Port of Los Angeles also looks to preserve its past with a new policy designed to preserve historical sites.

New Port of Long Beach bridge geared to keep port competitive

Work underway on construction of a new, wider, and taller Gerald Desmond Bridge at the Port of Long Beach. The replacement will allow largest cargo ships to access the port.

Saturday is Jaime Jarrin bobblehead day at Dodger Stadium

Baseball Hall of Fame. Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame...and Saturday, his very own bobblehead. The Dodgers honor Spanish broadcaster Jaime Jarrin.

California's online sales tax generates $112 million so far

Congress considers legislation allowing states to require online retailers to collect sales tax. California implemented a similar law in September 2012.

Mattel moving 100 Fisher-Price jobs to El Segundo from New York

As it continues a restructuring plan, Mattel moves some Fisher-Price jobs and eliminates others over the next several months.

Rankings: It's cheaper to fly out of the Long Beach Airport

Recent rankings show domestic flights out of the Long Beach Airport are the second lowest in the U.S. at $234.

UPDATE: Student in custody in Santa Monica, East LA college threats

Police are holding a suspect for questioning after an anonymous threat shut down local schools and sent parents and the news media into a panic Thursday.