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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

Allegiant Air now charging $5 fee for airport check-in

The low-cost carrier says it is pushing passengers toward paperless boarding using their smartphones or tablets and trying to save money.

Is the bottled water industry shrinking Calif's water supply?

Demand for bottled water in the Golden State has been booming, but what effect does the industry's use of California's water supply have on the state's drought?

Governor, legislators reach deal to boost CA film tax credit

$330 million isn't the $400 million many supporters were hoping for, but it's still more than triple what California now offers to film and TV productions.

Dockworkers, shipping companies reach tentative deal on health care

Tentative agreement on health benefits terms is a sign of progress in contract talks between dockworkers and shipping companies at West Coast ports.

Ground war readies over airport in Santa Monica

With two rival measures on the future of Santa Monica Airport on November ballot, campaigns organize for a heated and potentially costly ground war.

Calif. mulls new $400M film/TV tax credit, but will it save industry jobs? An FAQ

The proposed expanded film and television production tax credit has new provisions to hold Hollywood accountable. But other states report mixed results from such programs.

Film tax credit to appear before final Calif. Senate committee

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti made the rounds in Sacramento Wednesday in a final push to support a bill on expanding California's tax credit program for film and TV production.

New LA Times publisher, CEO Austin Beutner says paper has to change

The former deputy mayor of Los Angeles, mayoral candidate and a former Wall Street investment banker says, “If they’re looking for a caretaker, they picked the wrong guy.“

Clippers look for new agency for post Sterling era

As the team begins to look towards life after the Sterlings, the Los Angeles Clippers are calling out to advertising agencies ready for the challenge.

Russia's ban on imported farm products won't affect Calif. growers

Russia retaliated Thursday for sanctions over the Ukraine crisis by banning most food imports from the West. Russia's a small buyer of California agricultural products.

Could California's film tax credit get a new script?

After causing some drama, Senator Kevin de León says he just wants to make California's tax credit "better." But the mystery remains by how much.

21st Century Fox abandons pursuit of Time Warner

Twenty-First Century Fox is abandoning its attempt to take over Time Warner in a proposed deal that would have combined two of the world's biggest media companies.

LA Times parent Tribune Publishing's stock loses 4.4 percent on 1st day

The newly spun-off newspaper company opened trading for the first time on the New York Stock Exchange. It also announces a deal with the owner of

PF Chang's says 8 Calif. locations hit in data security breach

P.F. Chang's CEO Rick Federico said the company learned of a possible security breach from the U.S. Secret Service in June.

LAX is on pace to pass pre-9/11 passenger numbers this year

Passenger traffic at Los Angeles International Airport is on pace to break an annual record this year, but not everybody wants more passengers at LAX.