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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

State officials, environmentalists applaud new federal fuel efficiency standards

The Obama administration’s new fuel efficiency and emissions standards for cars drew praise today from California environmentalists and state officials. They converged on L.A.’s Petersen Automotive Museum to explain how the Golden State has already paved a green road.

'Pulse of the Ports' forecasts a better year after a tough '09

Hundreds of people filled a hotel ballroom in Long Beach Wednesday morning to assess the "Pulse of the Ports." An economist, and representatives of container shippers, railways, longshore workers, and truckers offered their forecasts for the industry of shipping and moving goods.

Amtrak contract to operate Metrolink trains begins in June

Amtrak will operate Metrolink trains starting in late June. The national passenger rail company and the Southland’s commuter rail service announced their new contract Friday.

South LA vigil held for Mario Deleon Rivera, killed in gang crossfire

Friends and family of Mario Deleon Rivera held a candlelight vigil Thursday in South Los Angeles. Rivera died Tuesday evening in a gang-related shooting.

Chinese developer, local firm partner to buy LA Marriott Downtown

The Los Angeles Marriott Downtown has a new owner. A real estate developer from China has taken over the financially troubled hotel.

Anderson Forecast calls domestic economy "bipolar"

Americans are producing more, but job growth is very sluggish. So UCLA’s Anderson Forecast has pronounced the domestic economy “bipolar.”

LA Superior Court employees protest cuts

More than a hundred employees of the Los Angeles Superior Court system marched in downtown Los Angeles to protest the layoffs of more than 300 of their colleagues.

Los Angeles Superior Court announces layoffs and courtroom closures

The Los Angeles Superior Court system announced today that it's laying off more than 300 employees and closing 17 courtrooms. It's the system's latest attempt to deal with a budget crisis.

Angels Flight resumes in downtown LA after 9-year break

Some of downtown Los Angeles' history got back on track Monday morning after a 9-year break. The Angels Flight funicular is shuttling passengers up and down Bunker Hill again.

Salvation Army organizes an assembly-line relief effort for Haiti

The Salvation Army and the global hunger nonprofit Numana have organized a two-day effort to pack a million meals for the people of Haiti.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation continues push for condom use in porn

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has filed an appeal in its quest to require condom use on adult film sets. The Foundation filed a lawsuit last July against the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Writers Guild head warns Senate that Comcast-NBC merger would stifle independent programming

The Senate Commerce Committee convened a hearing today in Washington on the proposed merger of Comcast and NBC Universal. KPCC’s Brian Watt says the head of the Writers Guild urged caution about the pending $30 billion deal.

US Education Department launches review of LAUSD’s English Language Learner programs

The federal Education Department has launched a compliance review of LA Unified School District’s programs for students whose first language is not English. The Department’s office of Civil Rights wants to determine if the District is denying those students equal access to education opportunities.

Covina jobs summit for potential employers

A Los Angeles County agency hosted a jobs summit Tuesday at a hotel in Covina. The meeting wasn’t for job seekers, but for businesses and non-profits that would gladly hire new workers … if they could only afford to pay them.

Evergreen Cemetery in Boyle Heights memorializes remains found during Metro construction

Almost five years ago, Los Angeles County Metro construction crews were excavating to widen First Street in Boyle Heights to build the Gold Line Extension. They discovered human remains and more than 150 unmarked graves near Evergreen Cemetery. On Monday, Metro and government officials unveiled a memorial wall in the cemetery to honor the dead whose remains were found.