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

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.

Small Business under pressure if federal shutdown drags on

Small business has been called the "engine of the economy"; but that engine could stall, if loans and contracts are left frozen by the federal shutdown.

Port of LA's top executive will retire at the end of year

The Port of L.A.'s top executive, Geraldine Knatz will retire at end of year. That announcement from Mayor Garcetti's office surprised one harbor commissioner.

Shutdown: A soldier's story of lost pay and canceled training drills

North Hollywood Army reservist George Zepeda is managing to stay calm, despite missing a weekend training drill and losing a paycheck to the federal shutdown.

Furloughed attorney says shutdown could cause delays in Social Security appeals

Furloughed SSA attorney, Alisa Wayne says she's concerned about paying bills, but also worried that applicants appealing benefit decisions may have to wait during the federal shutdown.

Paramount Pictures lays off 110 people to stay competitive

Another major studio is laying off employees to compete. Six months after Disney trimmed 150 jobs, Paramount Pictures said it's cutting 110.

Villaraigosa's surprising new job at Herbalife

Antonio Villaraigosa will be a 'senior advisor' to Herbalife. The head of one Latino group says the former L.A. Mayor must not know the 'downside.'

Microsoft opens new tech center in Playa Vista

Microsoft is moving its Los Angeles offices out of downtown and onto 'Silicon Beach' with a new technology center in Playa Vista.

Time Warner CBS deal: Who won, who lost. Did you?

Time Warner Cable and CBS end a month-long battle affecting more than three million cable customers nationwide. What was lost and gained?

CBS, Time Warner Cable reach agreement

CBS and Time Warner have reached an agreement on fees for carriage of the network's stations on Time Warner Cable systems across the country.

LA City Council to consider resolution on Time Warner Cable-CBS dispute

With the Time Warner Cable-CBS blackout still in effect, the Los Angeles City Council enters the debate, just days before the start of the regular NFL season.