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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

May 1 rally organizers say Los Angeles should expect big turnout

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.

Lawndale charter school in running for Obama commencement contest

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.

Higher fares likely for Metrolink rail system

Metrolink’s board of directors gave preliminary approval on Friday to a fare increase for the commuter rail system.

Natural History Museum announces plans for new, green North Campus

Earth Day was a fitting occasion for L.A. County’s Natural History Museum to announce some big plans for its big front yard.

ICE attorney convicted of taking bribes from immigrants

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.

Hundreds line up at Universal Studios to interview for tour guide jobs

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.

Statues of Liberty wave customers into tax preparers' office

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.

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.