Brian Watt Business and Economics Reporter
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
The Donald Sterling affair forces NAACP to confront its bind with regard to big donors. "All money is not good money," says the state NAACP president.
With as many as 20 picket lines planned at the ports of L.A. and Long Beach, the 2-day strike by some truckers could potentially disrupt business.
The Fuels America Coalition released an analysis of the growing economic footprint of the economic sector that includes biodiesel and ethanol.
A list of interesting business stories in the region: The Sriracha odor matter cools in Irwindale while Maker Studios makes another move, partnering with Jukin Media.
The Pasadena City Council approved another concert at the historic venue. Some neighbors are growing weary of the disruption caused by major events, which may include a three-day music festival.
The Western States Petroleum Association says industry pumps billions into state's economy. Environmentalist say oil addiction creates costs.
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.
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.
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.
The film that shut down in Georgia after a crew member was killed could resume production in L.A.
The utility with 14,000 employees doesn't give specific numbers, but says it wants to operate more cost-effectively for its customers.
Relativity Media fails in a last-minute $1.1 billion offer for Maker Studios
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.
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.
In Volaris, Ontario Airport gets its first new airline since 2007. But it also adds a competitor in flights to Guadalajara.