Brian Watt Business and Economics Reporter
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Brian Watt is KPCC’s lead Business and Economics Reporter. 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
Chrysler today delivered bad news to about a quarter of its 3,200 dealerships nationwide. They'll have to close so the company can straighten out its finances - and hook up with Italian automaker Fiat. Thirty-two of those doomed dealers are in California. KPCC's Brian Watt talked to one Southland Chrysler dealer whose name was on the list.
The global recession is pushing down demand for products everywhere. That means a slowdown in activity at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. A report out today says the ports are just the first place in the Southland's international trade sector to feel the pain. KPCC's Brian Watt explains.
It’s Bike to Work Week across the country. In Los Angeles, KPCC’s Brian Watt says transportation officials are peddling the idea of two-wheeling it more often.
During a roundtable discussion today in Culver City, officials from smaller cities in the Southland told Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger about their budget woes... and about their hopes that the state won't add to them. KPCC's Brian Watt was there.
Alex Cohen talks to KPCC's Brian Watt as he gives the lastest on day three of the Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara.
Alex Cohen talks to KPCC's Brian Watt as he gives us the details of the number of homes destroyed by the Jesusita Fire in the county of Santa Barbara.
Alex Cohen talks to KPCC reporter Brian Watt as he joins us from the Command Post at the Earl Warren Show Grounds in Santa Barbara and gives us the latest on the fire conditions out there.
Alex Cohen talks to KPCC reporter Brian Watt as he joins us from the Command Post at the Earl Warren Show Grounds in Santa Barbara and fills us in what firefighting techniques are being used to fight the fire.
With the governor declaring a state of emergency on the County of Santa Barbara, Alex Cohen talks to KPCC reporter Brian Watt as he joins us from the Command Post at the Earl Warren Show Grounds in Santa Barbara and brings news that winds are calming down.
Alex Cohen talks to KPCC reporter, Brian Watt, as he joins us from the Command Post at the Earl Warren Show Grounds in Santa Barbara and mandatory evacuations double.
Thursday was a big day for Chrysler. President Obama told us the automaker was headed into bankruptcy and into a merger with Italian automaker Fiat. KPCC's Brian Watt went to the Irwindale Speedway to get reaction to the news from people lined up to take part in Thursday night drag racing.
Alex Cohen talks to KPCC reporter Brian Watt live from the Irwindale Speedway and gets reaction from local racers on the recent news of Chrysler's filing for bankruptcy.
The future's uncertain right now for the people who make cars, but it looks pretty good for people who fix them. That's what KPCC's Brian Watt learned in Pomona at a recent statewide auto repair skills competition for high school students.
Forty-five daily flights to and from Mexico operate from Los Angeles International Airport. To guard against swine flu, it’s cleaning the restrooms in the international terminals twice an hour. KPCC’s Brian Watt spoke with a family just off a plane from Guadalajara, Mexico.
A funeral service took place today for Dr. Hassan Hathout, a prominent Muslim leader in the Southland. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports.