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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

LAPD honors one of its own who died in Afghanistan

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.

Long Beach Boeing C-17 plant moves to keep assembly line running

From time to time, the Pentagon threatens to stop buying new C-17s. If it ever happens, it would shut down the assembly line in Long Beach — and bring an end to jetliner manufacturing in Southern California. A lot of people in Long Beach are working hard to make sure that doesn’t happen.

DA, city attorney announce Skid Row gang injunction

A newly filed gang injunction is aimed at stopping drug sales and improving the safety of Skid Row residents, District Attorney Steve Cooley and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich announced today. "The days of the rampant drug dealing, the open and notorious drug dealing on the streets of Skid Row are over," said Trutanich. "If you continue to deal drugs and prey on the most vulnerable in our society, yes you will be arrested and your home will be a jail."

Lakers owner Jerry Buss elected to Basketball Hall of Fame

The Los Angeles Lakers may be struggling down the last stretch of the NBA’s regular season, but they received some good news Monday morning about team owner Jerry Buss. Dr. Buss is headed for the Basketball Hall of Fame.

LA Mission makes Good Friday a day to serve people in need

The Los Angeles Mission served 3,000 meals today to homeless people and others in need on Skid Row. The meals were part of the Mission’s annual Good Friday Easter Event.

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.