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

LA water main breaks: Is drought a factor?

A study conducted in 2009 when drought conditions limited watering lawns to two days a week found water pressure would build and cause jolts to the system.

Passenger numbers rise at Ontario Airport, but not seats

Ontario Airport has seen a slight rise in passenger traffic in 2014. Airport officials would like to see the number of flights rise, too.

Reps urge state to extend film tax breaks; others ask 'Why?'

As 29 members of California's Congressional delegation urge the enhancement of film tax incentives, others question whether they are a good idea.

As big data gets bigger, mapping and marketing mix

The industry of GIS — geographical information systems — is on everybody's radar at Esri's User Conference in San Diego. As 'big data' gets bigger, so does GIS.

Santa Monica voters will consider 2 airport iniatives

Two competing ballot measures will give Santa Monica voters a chance to weigh in on the future of the Santa Monica Airport.

Century Crunch: LAX-bound drivers brace for weekend road closure

Starting Friday night, a bridge demolition project will shut down the intersection of Century and Aviation boulevards. Plan ahead with this map — or avoid the area.

Cable TV series production grows, but California's share shrinks

In its annual progress report on the state's film and TV tax incentive program, the California Film Commission looks closely at productions that missed out.

TV production in LA is up in second quarter

TV cameras rolled on location in the L.A. area more this spring than last spring. FilmLA believes television production schedules are shifting.

Despite job losses, California is still a top manufacturer

Technology and off-shoring have driven a lot of manufacturing jobs out of California, but they've also driven up productivity. The state remains a top producer.

LA ports: Labor strife and what it means to you

With labor uncertainty at the Ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles and up and down the West Coast, should consumers be worried about shortages and price hikes?

Los Angeles/Long Beach port truck drivers launch strike

In a dramatic action, drivers for three trucking companies at the ports of L.A. and Long Beach walked off the job early Monday morning, with no plans to return.

'Midnight Rider' indictment highlights set safety challenges

The indictment of the filmmakers of "Midnight Rider" in connection with the death of Sarah Jones highlights the challenges of preparing for safe on-location filming.

What does California get for $100 million in film credits?

That's 11 feature films, 13 TV series and two made-for-TV movies winning a share of California's $100 million production tax credit. What does the state get in return?

West coast dockworkers contract expires, but talks continue

Cargo will continue to move at 29 West coast ports as negotiators for shippers and dockworkers continue talks to replace a labor contract that expired Tuesday.

Metro Board allocates $3.7 million for more CicLAvias

CicLAvia receives funding to expand bike and walking routes to East LA, Pasadena, Southeast Cities, Culver City and the San Fernando Valley