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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

LA Coliseum board votes to continue rave moratorium

The commission that controls the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has voted to continue indefinitely a moratorium on booking raves at the historic venue after an event last month resulted in the death of a 15-year-old girl.

Boyle Heights library unveils $140K renovation

Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar joined library officials today in Boyle Heights for a ribbon cutting outside the Benjamin Franklin Library.

Metro holds public meeting on progress of Westside subway extension

Los Angeles County Metro officials briefed people who work in the Miracle Mile area on the status of its proposed Westside subway extension today.

LA Metro celebrates 20 years in passenger rail service on July 14

July 14 isn’t just Bastille Day in France. It’s a big anniversary for Los Angeles County Metro.

24 Hour Fitness employees file discrimination suit

Six former and current employees of 24 Hour Fitness are suing the gym operator, claiming racial and gender discrimination.

All-Star Game a home run for Southern California economy

Major League Baseball's All Star Game has turned into an All-Star Week and it's been going on in Anaheim since Friday. Baseball's bosses and Anaheim city officials estimate Tuesday night's game and other All-Star events could generate $85 million in spending in Southern California.

MLB, police target counterfeit merchandise during All-Star week

Major League Baseball’s All Star Game takes place next Tuesday at Angels Stadium in Anaheim. The League is working with the Anaheim Police Department to crack down on the sale of counterfeit and unlicensed merchandise.

Anaheim, Angels Stadium ready for All-Star close-up

Angels Stadium and the city of Anaheim are preparing for their close-ups as Major League Baseball’s All-Star game approaches. League, team and city officials discussed those preparations today in the stadium’s media briefing room.

Observation deck at LAX Theme Building set to reopen to public

The observation deck of the Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport reopens to the public on Saturday, July 10 after being closed for almost nine years. Authorities closed the deck after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

96-year old Herb Jeffries keeps singing 'Americana'

KPCC's Brian Watt has a tough time imagining someone achieving success as a vocalist with Duke Ellington’s band and as the first black singing cowboy in Saturday matinee fare like “The Bronze Buckaroo.” Herb Jeffries did both, and set Brian straight during a recent interview.

Deadline Tuesday in Long Beach for small business initiative

The deadline is Tuesday, June 6 in Long Beach for small businesses to apply for a new program being launched by Goldman Sachs. The financial firm’s 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative aims to provide management training and access to capital to small business owners across the country.

Small plane crashes on Venice's Penmar Golf Course, killing pilot

The pilot of a small plane died Thursday night when the single-engine prop aircraft crashed onto Penmar Golf Course in Venice. Authorities said a student-pilot was flying the plane, practicing takeoffs and landings out of the Santa Monica airport nearby. (Audio: KPCC's Brian Watt speaks wth John Howe, who witnessed the crash.)

Audit shows Los Angeles collecting half of what the city is owed

Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel chose the first day of the fiscal year to highlight a problem she thinks is keeping the city deep in the red. Her latest audit found that Los Angeles is only collecting about half its bills.

LA Supervisor Yaroslavsky calls for moratorium on LA Coliseum raves

One day after a 15-year-old girl died from a suspected drug overdose sustained during the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky today called for a moratorium on any future raves at the facility.

RealtyTrac report: Half of homes sold in California in foreclosure

More than half the homes that sold in California in the first three months of 2010 were in some stage of foreclosure.