Brian Watt Business and Economics Reporter
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
At 12:01 Tuesday morning, 1,700 workers that build Boeing’s C-17 cargo plane in Long Beach began a strike. They want the defense contractor to come up with a better deal on medical and pension benefits.
Celebrities and public officials gathered in Hollywood on Monday to rename the main post office in honor of longtime honorary Mayor Johnny Grant. The radio personality and television producer died two years ago, but the honor came a day after what would have been his 87th birthday.
Negotiators from Boeing and the United Aerospace Workers union are scheduled to meet Monday afternoon in Pico Rivera. Both sides want to avert a strike at Boeing’s C-17 plant in Long Beach.
The threat of a strike hangs in the air at the Boeing C-17 plant in Long Beach. Union workers on its assembly line have rejected the aircraft company’s latest contract offer.
The Theme Building in the middle of Los Angeles International Airport shook for a few moments Tuesday as engineers tested the space-age structure’s earthquake readiness.
In downtown Los Angeles tonight, an ensemble of musicians from Vietnam and Pasadena will perform works by young composers from both places. It’s the last concert of the Ascending Dragon Music Festival and Cultural Exchange.
The American Lung Association released its 2010 “State of the Air” Report on Wednesday. The annual report looks at ozone and particle pollution in California and across the country.
This Saturday’s May 1 immigration rights march in downtown Los Angeles could be huge. That’s the word from the labor unions and immigrants rights groups planning the weekend demonstration. They spoke with reporters at the march’s downtown L.A. starting point of Olympic and Broadway today.
Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale has made the final cut in a competition for President Obama to deliver the school’s commencement address. KPCC’s Brian Watt says online voting begins on Monday.
Metrolink’s board of directors gave preliminary approval on Friday to a fare increase for the commuter rail system.
Earth Day was a fitting occasion for L.A. County’s Natural History Museum to announce some big plans for its big front yard.
A federal jury has convicted a senior federal attorney with Immigration and Customs Enforcement for taking bribes. The bribes came from immigrants who wanted documentation to remain in the United States.
Universal Studios in Hollywood held the first round of interviews on Monday for tour guide positions at the theme park. Hundreds of people waited for hours in a line that snaked from the "will call" window past the spinning Universal globe fountain.
Tax season is a time when many of us must reckon with our inner procrastinator. As a reporter, I’ve been procrastinating on going up and interviewing one of those people you see on different street corners in Los Angeles dressed as the Statue of Liberty.
Relatives, friends, US Marines, and hundreds of LAPD officers mourned the loss of Los Angeles SWAT officer and Marine Reservist Robert J. Cottle Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles. 45-year-old Robert James Cottle was the first LAPD officer killed during military service in Afghanistan.