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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

Angels Flight resumes in downtown LA after 9-year break

Some of downtown Los Angeles' history got back on track Monday morning after a 9-year break. The Angels Flight funicular is shuttling passengers up and down Bunker Hill again.

Salvation Army organizes an assembly-line relief effort for Haiti

The Salvation Army and the global hunger nonprofit Numana have organized a two-day effort to pack a million meals for the people of Haiti.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation continues push for condom use in porn

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has filed an appeal in its quest to require condom use on adult film sets. The Foundation filed a lawsuit last July against the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Writers Guild head warns Senate that Comcast-NBC merger would stifle independent programming

The Senate Commerce Committee convened a hearing today in Washington on the proposed merger of Comcast and NBC Universal. KPCC’s Brian Watt says the head of the Writers Guild urged caution about the pending $30 billion deal.

US Education Department launches review of LAUSD’s English Language Learner programs

The federal Education Department has launched a compliance review of LA Unified School District’s programs for students whose first language is not English. The Department’s office of Civil Rights wants to determine if the District is denying those students equal access to education opportunities.

Covina jobs summit for potential employers

A Los Angeles County agency hosted a jobs summit Tuesday at a hotel in Covina. The meeting wasn’t for job seekers, but for businesses and non-profits that would gladly hire new workers … if they could only afford to pay them.

Evergreen Cemetery in Boyle Heights memorializes remains found during Metro construction

Almost five years ago, Los Angeles County Metro construction crews were excavating to widen First Street in Boyle Heights to build the Gold Line Extension. They discovered human remains and more than 150 unmarked graves near Evergreen Cemetery. On Monday, Metro and government officials unveiled a memorial wall in the cemetery to honor the dead whose remains were found.

Inventors pitch products to the Infomercial King

The Windshield Wonder, the PedEgg, and the GoDuster are just a few of the products A. J. Khubani has marketed into household brands with relentless TV ads. Khubani is the chief executive of Telebrands and known as the "infomercial king." The king held court Wednesday in Los Angeles as more than 30 inventors from across the country pitched their concepts and creations.

New Metrolink rail cars designed to protect riders from impact of crashes

Metrolink invited reporters to a show and tell Tuesday at the Port of Long Beach. Officials with the commuter rail service displayed new rail cars designed to increase rider safety, and described what other precautions they plan to put in place.

Metrolink to add first 2 rail cars of a safer fleet

Metrolink plans to welcome two new rail cars to the Southland on Tuesday. They’re the first of a new fleet of supposedly safer train cars that Metrolink ordered a few years ago.

Deadline for Oscar ballots is Tuesday afternoon

Voting members of the Motion Picture Academy must turn in their Oscar ballots by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Arts hold promise as jobs engine in California economy

California lost thousands of manufacturing jobs when the economy soured in the early 1990s. The recession has drained away thousands of construction jobs. What the state could use is a new source of well-paying jobs — and it might have found it in the arts. The Joint Legislative Committee on the Arts held a hearing last week in Culver City to find ways to help the arts heal the ailing economy.

Executive director of Napa State Hospital arrested on charges of sexual molestation

Police arrested the executive director of the Napa State Hospital Wednesday on charges of sexual molestation. Prosecutors allege that 62-year-old Claude Foulk sexually molested a foster child who lived with him in Long Beach.

'Captain EO' returns to Disneyland Tuesday

A fantasia from the 1980s, "Captain EO," is returning to Disneyland as an homage to its late star. Michael Jackson’s special effects-laden starring role hits the Magic Kingdom’s screen again on Tuesday.

Negrohead Mountain now Ballard Mountain in honor of African-American pioneer

For decades, a peak in the Santa Monica Mountains was known as “Negrohead Mountain.” At a private ceremony on Saturday, federal and Los Angeles County officials will formally dedicate a new name for the peak: Ballard Mountain.