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

Study: Oil industry major driver of California economy

The Western States Petroleum Association says industry pumps billions into state's economy. Environmentalist say oil addiction creates costs.

In SoCal Business news: Movie ticket prices, Oscars, Lincoln closure

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says that the same LA-based duo that produced the past two Oscars awards shows will produce next year's as well.

California's unemployment rate rises to 8.1 percent in March

More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring improves for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/2-year recovery.

Moving the Sriracha sauce factory? At what cost?

The Huy Fong Foods factory in Irwindale makes at least 200,000 bottles of hot sauce a day. Moving it somewhere else would be complex and costly.

In SoCal business news: Jay-Z unveiled; mixed housing; 'Midnight Rider' moves to LA?

The film that shut down in Georgia after a crew member was killed could resume production in L.A.

SoCal Edison plans layoffs and outsourcing

The utility with 14,000 employees doesn't give specific numbers, but says it wants to operate more cost-effectively for its customers.

Maker Studios says it's sticking with Disney, despite last-minute bid from Relativity

Relativity Media fails in a last-minute $1.1 billion offer for Maker Studios

New billboard pole will bring a twist to the Sunset Strip

West Hollywood rethinks the aesthetics and economics of billboards on the Sunset Strip. City officials will unveil a new pole that looks like modern sculpture.

In SoCal Business News: Disney-Maker deal faces lawsuit

Maker Studios ex-CEO and other executives are suing to block a shareholder vote on Disney's plan to acquire the Culver City-based digital video company.

Ontario Airport will have 2 airlines flying to Guadalajara

In Volaris, Ontario Airport gets its first new airline since 2007. But it also adds a competitor in flights to Guadalajara.

2020 Commission: Combine the ports of LA and Long Beach

The 2020 Commission boldly recommends combining the Ports of LA and Long Beach. A debate over whether competition between the two is good or bad.

LAPD shooting: How to secure a station open to the public?

Anyone can walk up to the front desk of the Wilshire Station, the site of Monday's shooting. But the station's commander said the LAPD doesn't want it to be "a fortress."

Boeing's shut down of the C-17 plant will come faster

Builders of Boeing's C-17 cargo jet knew the end of production was coming. Now, Boeing says it's likely coming three months sooner.

Fast food workers believe they've been 'Ham-burgled'

After a survey says most fast food workers believe they've had wages stolen, Los Angeles-area workers act it out in front of a McDonalds.

Port truck drivers score in state labor office ruling

Truck drivers in the ports of LA and Long Beach who want to be classified as employees rather than independent contractors get another ruling in their favor.