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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

Slot cars museum event to raise money for MS relief

Slot cars are rolling into the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles on Saturday. The Farrout Slot Car Club and the museum are hosting an event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis relief group MS Friends. The club is also hoping to put the popularity of slot cars in the U.S. back on track.

Southern California sees small signs of slow economic recovery

High unemployment rates may persist, but the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation says the domestic economy is in a slow recovery. Chief economist Nancy Sidhu says that’s becoming evident in Southern California.

Jack Kyser’s last LAEDC Forecast suggests slight economic growth for Southern California

The domestic economy will grow by three percent this year, and about the same next year. Tourism, trade, and TV and film production will help the Southland get through a period of slow growth. That’s the forecast from the L.A. County Economic Development Corporation.

Los Angeles Superior Courts ends monthly furlough days

For a year, the Los Angeles Superior Court has imposed furlough days, unpaid days off for most staff, on the third Wednesday of each month. Today is the last scheduled furlough day.

Furlough days about to end for LA Superior Court

Wednesday is the last scheduled furlough day for employees of the Los Angeles Superior Court. A year ago, the county court system imposed unpaid days off for most staff on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Presiding Judge Tim McCoy said the move has saved $13 million, but everyone who uses the courts has paid the price.

LA Coliseum board votes to continue rave moratorium

The commission that controls the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has voted to continue indefinitely a moratorium on booking raves at the historic venue after an event last month resulted in the death of a 15-year-old girl.

Boyle Heights library unveils $140K renovation

Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar joined library officials today in Boyle Heights for a ribbon cutting outside the Benjamin Franklin Library.

Metro holds public meeting on progress of Westside subway extension

Los Angeles County Metro officials briefed people who work in the Miracle Mile area on the status of its proposed Westside subway extension today.

LA Metro celebrates 20 years in passenger rail service on July 14

July 14 isn’t just Bastille Day in France. It’s a big anniversary for Los Angeles County Metro.

24 Hour Fitness employees file discrimination suit

Six former and current employees of 24 Hour Fitness are suing the gym operator, claiming racial and gender discrimination.

All-Star Game a home run for Southern California economy

Major League Baseball's All Star Game has turned into an All-Star Week and it's been going on in Anaheim since Friday. Baseball's bosses and Anaheim city officials estimate Tuesday night's game and other All-Star events could generate $85 million in spending in Southern California.

MLB, police target counterfeit merchandise during All-Star week

Major League Baseball’s All Star Game takes place next Tuesday at Angels Stadium in Anaheim. The League is working with the Anaheim Police Department to crack down on the sale of counterfeit and unlicensed merchandise.

Anaheim, Angels Stadium ready for All-Star close-up

Angels Stadium and the city of Anaheim are preparing for their close-ups as Major League Baseball’s All-Star game approaches. League, team and city officials discussed those preparations today in the stadium’s media briefing room.

Observation deck at LAX Theme Building set to reopen to public

The observation deck of the Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport reopens to the public on Saturday, July 10 after being closed for almost nine years. Authorities closed the deck after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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.