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

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.

Is the Los Angeles film and television industry really in a state of emergency?

Does the flight of film and television production to other states and countries merit a "state of emergency" declaration by L.A.'s mayor?

Rising home prices, falling foreclosure rates in LA area

The Los Angeles area housing market continues to improve, as foreclosure rates fall and home prices rise. For buyers, fewer foreclosures mean fewer discounts.

Tennis Channel free for TWC subscribers during US Open

Time Warner offers free access to the Tennis Channel during the U.S. Open for cable customers affected by the CBS blackout.

Vin Scully to return for 65th season with the Dodgers

"I get goosebumps, the same as anyone in the stands," Scully said. "As long as I get excited — as long as I truly feel the emotion — I should still be here.”

Free antennas for TWC customers, CBS' new deal with Verizon

Nearly three weeks into the CBS blackout on Time Warner Cable, CBS inks a new deal with Verizon, and TWC plans to provide free antennas. See the ad CBS put out here.