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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

Lane Kiffin returns as head coach of USC Trojans football team

Thirty-four-year-old Lane Kiffin came back to Los Angeles on Wednesday to become the new head football coach of the USC Trojans.

Audit finds Los Angeles' Neighborhood Councils need stricter fiscal oversight

The city of Los Angeles administers 89 Neighborhood Councils. Each receives about 45-thousand dollars a year for outreach, local projects, and operating expenses. But the city has never formally assessed the way the neighborhood councils spend that money. A new audit from the city controller's office recommends closer monitoring.

Los Angeles City Council votes to study idea of Film Commission

Imagine the city so many people call Tinseltown or Hollywood needing to sell itself as an ideal place to roll cameras. The Los Angeles City Council has voted to study the idea of a Los Angeles Film Commission.

New contract keeps Foothill Transit buses rolling

A labor dispute came close to disrupting service on a number of Foothill Transit routes, but the agency's buses are rolling on a normal schedule.

Ohio State Marching Band takes traditions to Rose Bowl

Before the battle on the football field at the Rose Bowl, there was the battle of the bands on the boulevards of Pasadena.

Rose Parade crowd heads to football game

The 121st Tournament of Rose Parade has ended. Now the crowds in Pasadena are turning their sites on the football game. (Audio: KPCC's Brian Watt joins us live from the parking lot of the Rose Bowl.)

Rose Parade: Battle of the bands

(Audio: KPCC's Brian Watt is in the midst of some of marching bands as they warm up for the 121st Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena.)

Rose Parade bands getting ready for showtime

The 121st Tournament of Roses Parade is set to start in less than an hour. (Audio: KPCC's Brian Watt talks to Shirley Jahad. He's on Del Mar Boulevard, in Pasadena near the 134 and 210 freeways where he can see some of the bands getting off their tour buses.)

Making Cal Poly's Jungle Cuts Rose Parade Float

Students at Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo hold a competition each year for the design of their float in the Tournament of Roses Parade.

West Covina Rose Parade float honors Tuskegee Airmen

Rose Parade watchers won’t be able to miss the float from West Covina. It features a giant bald eagle led by two P-51 Mustangs. The float honors the Tuskegee Airmen, African American pilots who flew those planes during World War II.

Bands and floats debut for 2010 Rose Parade

As New Years Day draws near, the sights and sounds of flowers and marching bands converge on Pasadena for final preparations and a pre-parade blowout.

LA City Councilwoman Janice Hahn announces leaders

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn plans to run for lieutenant governor in the year ahead. She's signed up a campaign team with a lot of experience.

LA law firm co-chairman Paul Irving selected as Harvard fellow

For close to a quarter-century, Paul H. Irving has practiced law at Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. Now that he’s 57-years-old, he plans to retire as co-chairman of the firm to take a fellowship at Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative.

Metrolink looks to track down federal money for new rail safety system

President Barack Obama recently signed a spending bill that allocates $50 million for a railroad-safety system known as “positive train control.” Metrolink hopes to grab as much of that cash as it can.

Free rides on LA Metro during certain Holiday hours

Between 9 p.m. Christmas Eve and 2 a.m. on Christmas Day, you won’t have to pay to ride Metro trains and buses.