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

Residents fear they'll be priced out of redeveloped Boyle Heights apartment complex

Residents of an apartment complex in L.A.'s Boyle Heights neighborhood are worried they'll be priced out when a developer replaces it with a new building.

UPDATE: Camarillo Springs Fire at 8,000 acres, only 10 percent contained (photos)

Two agricultural buildings that burned Thursday afternoon have caused concerns that pesticides and other harmful substances could make their way into the air.

Filming fees at LA's Grand Park lowered, but it's still not a cheap shoot

LA County Supervisors lower fees for filming in downtown's Grand Park, but the head of the group that coordinates location shoots thinks they're still too high.

SEC accuses city of Victorville and others of fraud

The SEC charges city of Victorvile, its airport authority, and bonds underwriting firm with inflating property values to finance airplane hangars.

CHART: 4 downtown LA skyscrapers would change owners in proposed deal

New York-based Brookfield Office Properties moving on up with $430 million deal make to own four of the tallest downtown L.A. office buildings in proposed acquisition of MPG.

UPDATE: College football semifinal game means Rose Bowl green

When the Rose Bowl game becomes a College Football Playoff semifinal, new fans could show up in Southern California ready to spend money.

Up to 30 new jobs at battery maker Quallion's new Santa Clarita plant

Sylmar-based Quallion opens a new materials plant in Santa Clarita expected to create up to 50 new jobs.

Updated: LA's KCET lays off 22 in reorganization

KCETLink said Friday it is laying off 22 people and not filling five vacant positions in a major reorganization. KCETLink was formed when KCET-TV and Link Media merged.

Boeing to lay off 250 in its Southern California satellite business

Boeing's satellite manufacturing business needs fewer workers in a more streamlined operation. It's asked for volunteers as it plans about 250 layoffs.

Movie ratings to come with more prominent descriptions

The MPAA launches campaign to encourage parents to 'check the box' below a movie's rating for more prominent descriptions of its content.

A good stretch in the Jackie Robinson business

A major motion picture and major league celebration of Jackie Robinson's legacy means fans buy more tickets and merchandise.

Surviving sequestration by reducing hours

An Antelope Valley business is forced to reduce hours for some workers to survive the uncertainty of sequestration.

Port of LA offers grants to replace old motors in small boats

Small boat owners could qualify for a grant to replace the old motors with more environment-friendly new ones.

LA's classic hip-hop station KDAY sold for $19.5 million

"Old school" hip-hopper KDAY 93.5 FM could be facing a format change to a Chinese-language programming.

Rhythm and Hues and Prana Studios affiliate close deal

Visual effects firm Rhythm & Hues is bought by 34X118. A key component of the deal is keeping core business and employees in Hollywood.