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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

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.

2 critically injured in Metrolink crash in Sun Valley

A Metrolink train hit a pickup truck this morning in the San Fernando Valley. It happened shortly after 7 at the intersection of North San Fernando Road and Branford Street in the Sun Valley/Pacoima area.

ESPN launches local Web site for LA media market

A well-known sports news machine just unwrapped its new Web site for Southland-centric sports news. ESPNLos Angeles.com launched on Monday with lots of love for the Lakers, but plenty of attention paid to the Clippers, Dodgers, Bruins, Trojans, Kings and Ducks.

Hollywood auction to benefit arts program for at-risk youth

An auction of thousands of items from the Hollywood Entertainment Museum continues Sunday at the Hollywood Center Studios. The museum is raising funds for its education program.

Hollywood history for auction to benefit media arts program for at-risk youth

More than 100 years of Hollywood history are up for auction to raise funds for the Hollywood Media Arts Academy. The academy provides traditional and media arts education to high school drop-outs, youth on probation, foster youth and students in need of an alternative.