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

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.

Jay-Z–Beyoncé Rose Bowl concert may mean more money, headaches

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.

Study: Oil industry major driver of California economy

The Western States Petroleum Association says industry pumps billions into state's economy. Environmentalist say oil addiction creates costs.

In SoCal Business news: Movie ticket prices, Oscars, Lincoln closure

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.

California's unemployment rate rises to 8.1 percent in March

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.

Moving the Sriracha sauce factory? At what cost?

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.

In SoCal business news: Jay-Z unveiled; mixed housing; 'Midnight Rider' moves to LA?

The film that shut down in Georgia after a crew member was killed could resume production in L.A.

SoCal Edison plans layoffs and outsourcing

The utility with 14,000 employees doesn't give specific numbers, but says it wants to operate more cost-effectively for its customers.

Maker Studios says it's sticking with Disney, despite last-minute bid from Relativity

Relativity Media fails in a last-minute $1.1 billion offer for Maker Studios

New billboard pole will bring a twist to the Sunset Strip

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.

In SoCal Business News: Disney-Maker deal faces lawsuit

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.

Ontario Airport will have 2 airlines flying to Guadalajara

In Volaris, Ontario Airport gets its first new airline since 2007. But it also adds a competitor in flights to Guadalajara.