Brian Watt Business and Economics Reporter

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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

California Chrome helps horse racing through a tough stretch

As California's horse-racing scene adjusts to losing Hollywood Park, the timing of California Chrome's Triple Crown chase is perfect.

Update: Film tax credit lottery resumes after bomb scare

The applications were in. The lottery was beginning, but then a bomb scare stopped the process of picking California film and TV tax credit recipients.

Calif. opens bidding for $100M in film and TV tax credits

The state on Monday began accepting applications for the latest round of tax incentives just days after the state assembly approved a bill to expand the program.

Film/TV tax incentive clears Calif. Assembly, heads to Senate

A bill to expand California's Film and TV tax incentive program now heads to the state Senate after easily clearing the Assembly. But how much will it cost?

LA mayor nominates shipping executive to head Port of LA

Gene Seroka, Mayor Eric Garcetti's choice to head the Port of Los Angeles, will understand the port's customers — because he's worked extensively for one.

Renovated track at Santa Anita will use 'El Segundo Sand'

Santa Anita plans to use 'El Segundo Sand' in a major renovation of its main race track. The sand's being dug up in construction projects at LAX.

Will CHP lead smaller agencies back to Harley bikes?

Now returning to the CHP motorcycle fleet: Harley Davidson. Will local Southern California agencies turn back to the iconic brand as well?

Sony's entertainment cuts will go deeper than planned

Sony's CEO says entertainment is just as important as electronics at the Japanese company, but cuts in the entertainment division will go deeper than planned.

In Santa Barbara, tune in KPCC at 89.9 FM

News has taken SCPR reporters to Santa Barbara before, but now listeners there can find SCPR on the radio dial...at 89.9 FM

Southwest wants more of an upgrade at its LAX terminal

If you’ve flown out of Terminal 1 at LAX, you know it needs an upgrade. Southwest has already started working on that, but wants to do more.

In SoCal Business news: Could FANS buy the Clippers?

AT&T and DirecTV? Magic now says he could be interested in Clippers, and so do some fans. StubHub is going to start producing its own concerts.

Donald Sterling controversy exposes NAACP's donations bind

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.

Latest strike by truckers could disrupt port activity

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.

Renewable fuels industry says it's growing in California

The Fuels America Coalition released an analysis of the growing economic footprint of the economic sector that includes biodiesel and ethanol.

In SoCal business news: Sriracha has to wait; Maker makes a move

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.