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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

School district superintendents start nonprofit for education reform

The superintendents of seven California public school districts announced today they’re starting a new nonprofit to try to improve education.

Measure B would tax pot if voters pass Prop 19

If voters approve Proposition 19, it’ll be legal for California adults to possess and use marijuana without a prescription. Local governments will also be able to tax it. Some California cities are planning to move quickly if pot is legalized.

MGM studios prepares 'prepackaged bankruptcy'

MGM Studios has produced a lot of great movies over the decades. Now the movie studio is working on the script of its own bankruptcy.

Chemist becomes 6th UCLA grad to win Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize in literature goes to Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa. The writer of more than 30 novels, plays and essays called the honor a “pleasant surprise.” In Westwood, UCLA is still celebrating a Bruin’s share of the Nobel Prize in chemistry.

New law makes 21 age limit for Calif's foster care system

From now on, California will keep young people in foster care until they turn 21. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger held a ceremonial signing of Assembly Bill 12 in Los Angeles Wednesday.

Los Angeles moves to collect more of what it's owed

Like a lot of cities right now, Los Angeles needs cash. Turns out, a lot of the cash it needs is out there… in uncollected taxes and fees.

LA unveils a plan for improving city tax collection

Los Angeles City officials unveiled a blueprint this morning for improving ways the city collects taxes.

Metro public hearing to be held this morning on proposed regional connector

Los Angeles County transit officials hold the final public hearing on Metro’s proposed regional connector this morning.

New federal fiscal year means end of stimulus program that created jobs

There’s a lot of talk about creating jobs. The Transitional Subsidized Employment program, or TSE, did it. But Congress couldn't agree on extending the funding for the federal stimulus program into the new fiscal year, so it's come to an end.

Memorial service honors 5th-grade teacher Rigoberto Ruelas

Friends, relatives, colleagues and students remembered fifth grade teacher Rigoberto Ruelas at a memorial service Thursday night in South Los Angeles.

Los Angeles officials hold hearings on proposed bike plan

A series of public hearings on the city of Los Angeles’ proposed bicycle plan began Saturday morning at the Hollywood Municipal Building.

Homelessness forum in Venice over human waste gets tense

Tempers flared Thursday night at a packed town hall on homelessness at Westminster Elementary School in Venice.

Homelessness town hall meeting scheduled for tonight in Venice

Homelessness is the topic of a town hall forum scheduled for tonight in Venice. The agenda is packed.

CicLAvia to close 7 miles of LA streets for a day

Los Angeles City officials announced plans Wednesday to close seven and a half miles of city streets to cars on Sunday, October 10. The occasion: CicLAvia.

Advocates, opponents of Prop 19 address legislators

At a hearing in Sacramento Tuesday, the California Assembly and Senate committees on public safety pondered what might happen if California voters make marijuana legal in November. Representatives of several statewide groups spoke for and against the ballot measure known as Proposition 19.