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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

96-year old Herb Jeffries keeps singing 'Americana'

KPCC's Brian Watt has a tough time imagining someone achieving success as a vocalist with Duke Ellington’s band and as the first black singing cowboy in Saturday matinee fare like “The Bronze Buckaroo.” Herb Jeffries did both, and set Brian straight during a recent interview.

Deadline Tuesday in Long Beach for small business initiative

The deadline is Tuesday, June 6 in Long Beach for small businesses to apply for a new program being launched by Goldman Sachs. The financial firm’s 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative aims to provide management training and access to capital to small business owners across the country.

Small plane crashes on Venice's Penmar Golf Course, killing pilot

The pilot of a small plane died Thursday night when the single-engine prop aircraft crashed onto Penmar Golf Course in Venice. Authorities said a student-pilot was flying the plane, practicing takeoffs and landings out of the Santa Monica airport nearby. (Audio: KPCC's Brian Watt speaks wth John Howe, who witnessed the crash.)

Audit shows Los Angeles collecting half of what the city is owed

Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel chose the first day of the fiscal year to highlight a problem she thinks is keeping the city deep in the red. Her latest audit found that Los Angeles is only collecting about half its bills.

LA Supervisor Yaroslavsky calls for moratorium on LA Coliseum raves

One day after a 15-year-old girl died from a suspected drug overdose sustained during the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky today called for a moratorium on any future raves at the facility.

RealtyTrac report: Half of homes sold in California in foreclosure

More than half the homes that sold in California in the first three months of 2010 were in some stage of foreclosure.

Former porn actresses sue clinic for releasing patient records

Two former adult film actresses are suing the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation. They allege the Sherman Oaks-based foundation that tests adult film performers for sexually transmitted diseases violated their privacy by releasing their health information online.

Fares on Metro, Metrolink to go up

Many Southland commuters will need some extra change in their pockets starting later this week. Fare increases take effect Thursday on Los Angeles County Metro and the Metrolink commuter rail service.

Construction to begin on new Gold Line Extension from Pasadena to Azusa

Construction crews break ground today on the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension. The new light rail line will add 11 miles of track from Pasadena west to Azusa.

Metrolink shifts train operations to Amtrak

Metrolink’s Board of Directors gave its final approval Friday to fare hikes that’ll go into effect July 1. On Saturday, the engineers and crews operating Metrolink trains become employees of Amtrak.

Pasadena Adult Soccer League is its own World Cup

The endless buzz of the South African vuvuzela is missing. Missing, too, are spectators. But in Pasadena, a scaled-down version of the World Cup plays out almost every day in the city-sponsored Adult Soccer League.

New chief installed at LA Animal Services Dept.

The city of Los Angeles’ troubled Department of Animal Services has a new chief. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed Brenda Barnette today after a nationwide search that ended in Seattle, Wash.

LAPD to deploy large force for Lakers-Celtics final

Police officers on foot, horseback, bicycle and motorcycle will be on hand Thursday night at Staples Center for Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says his department will deploy four times as many officers as it did when the Lakers won the championship last year.

Claims filed in City Council meeting scuffle with cops

Six people have filed claims for damages against the Los Angeles City Council and Police Department for injuries they suffered during a scuffle at an L.A. City Council meeting last month. Claimants say police officers responded with violence: swinging batons, shoving, and using Tasers. They maintain that police closed the council chamber's back door and prevented people from leaving.

Assembly panel examines impact of sports stadiums on local economies

California is home to plenty of professional sports stadiums and arenas. A state legislative committee held a hearing today near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on the effect those venues have on local economies.