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

Voting for Academy Awards nominations begins

Voting for Oscar nominations opened on Friday, giving members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 289 films to consider for Best Picture.

Horse racing opens at Santa Anita Park; fills void left by shuttered Hollywood Park

The day after Christmas is opening day at Santa Anita Park. The Arcadia horse racing track began its 77th winter/spring meeting Thursday in front of a huge crowd.

Goal of new 'El Rey' channel: unite the most culturally diverse generation

Its name might sound latino, but 'El Rey' is targeting a larger audience. Robert Rodriguez' new cable channel is set to launch in January

Fire-retardants in furniture: manufacturers adjust to CA's new standards

After 38 years on the books in California, the standard for inflammability in home furniture is changing in 2014. But it doesn't ban flame retardant chemicals.

44,300 new jobs bring CA unemployment rate down in November

California employers continue to add jobs in November. Unemployment rate falls to 8.5 percent, with gains in construction, manufacturing, and trade.

William Morris Endeavor reaches deal to acquire IMG Worldwide

Talent representatives join forces. William Morris Endeavor and private equity firm Silverlake Partners have reached a deal to acquire IMG Worldwide.

Newtown anniversary: Rifle maker at center of disinvestment campaign

California's teacher retirement system is one investor eager to see gunmaker Freedom Group sold off. But a year after the shootings in Newtown, it remains frustrated.

Boeing's 777X in California: Is Long Beach a long shot?

In the contest to get Boeing 777X production, California keeps its bid under wraps, while Long Beach is confident.

Mall Santa sets crack down on DIY cell-phone photos

Kids have been photographed on Santa's lap at shopping malls for decades, but in the age of cell phone cameras, parents who snap their own sometime find malls aren't happy about it.

Hollywood pumps billions into US art and culture economy

The National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis issue a new report on the contributions of arts and culture to economic growth.

UCLA Anderson Forecast: California's economic divide is widening

The latest UCLA Anderson Forecast says that California's unemployment rate will fall to 8.2 percent next year, but the jobs gap between coastal and inland regions is growing.

Can California fast food restaurants pay $15 per hour?

The potenital business consequences of paying fast-food workers a higher wage

Hawaiian Gardens places big bet on redeveloped casino

The city of Hawaiian Gardens welcomed Governor Jerry Brown for the groundbreaking ceremony for the redevelopment of its casino.

Video: Obama speaks at DreamWorks, talks US culture's world influence

President Barack Obama says thanks to television and movies, the rest of the world has had a front-row seat for America's march toward progress. Watch the video here.

What's in Google and Intel 'pop up' stores in LA?

Tech firms joining the pop-up act: Intel's "experience store" on Venice's Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Google's "Winter Wonderlab" in the Westfield Topanga mall.