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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

Southland groups, volunteers offer free Thanksgiving meals to people in need

Across the Southland this Thanksgiving Day, businesses, charitable organizations, and a wide variety of volunteers are offering meals to people in need. Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles took on the atmosphere of a summer street festival.

Some stores open for holiday shopping on Thanksgiving

For those who can't wait until Black Friday to begin their holiday shopping, some retailers have opened their doors on Thanksgiving.

Downey approves lease deal aimed at electric carmaker Tesla

Where Boeing once built spacecraft, Tesla Motors could soon build electric cars. The city council in Downey voted Wednesday to approve an incentive package that would bring a Tesla factory to town. This would mark the return of auto manufacturing to Southern California for the first time since General Motors closed its Van Nuys Plan in 1992.

Hundreds line up for free Thanksgiving turkeys at Los Angeles Convention Center

A lot of people showed up Monday morning for the L.A. Convention Center’s Thanksgiving turkey giveaway. There was a supply of 2,400 birds.

Calif. unemployment rises, but state gains jobs

California’s unemployment rate climbed to 12.5 percent in October. That’s up slightly from the month before, and the highest it’s been since World War II. But the Golden State saw some signs of job growth.

Metrolink board delays vote on raising fares

At a meeting Friday, Metrolink’s board of directors did something that’s likely to make riders happy. It delayed a vote on yet another rate increase. The board decided to consider some alternatives.

FAA manages turnover in air traffic controllers

If the job market looks grim, the picture is different for air traffic controllers. Many active ones are approaching the mandatory retirement age of 56. The Federal Aviation Administration hired them to replace those who President Ronald Reagan fired for going out on strike in the early 1980s.

Getty Leadership Institute announces move to Claremont Graduate University

The Getty Leadership Institute announced Thursday that it’s changing locations, from the campus of the Getty Center in West Los Angeles to the campus of Claremont Graduate University.

Foreclosure rate falls, but drivers of the crisis remain

Irvine-based RealtyTrac says the nationwide foreclosure rate dropped for the third straight month in October, but that doesn’t mean the crisis is close to ending.

Federal agency settles lawsuit over backlogged citizenship applications

Hundreds of immigrants in the Southland will get the opportunity to become U.S. citizens now that the federal government has settled a 2-year-old class action lawsuit by civil rights groups.

Former president of AMPTP Nick Counter passes away

Nick Counter, the former president of the Alliance of Motion Picture and TV Producers, died Friday. Counter led the Alliance for 27 years.

Muslim leaders condemn violence at Fort Hood

Southern California Muslim leaders and law enforcement officials held a news conference to express solidarity after the deadly shooting in Fort Hood, Texas. A gunman opened fire at the Army post, killing 12 people and injuring more than a dozen others. The Muslim Public Affairs Council condemned the violence and the group said it's contacted federal authorities to learn more about the suspected shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. Los Angeles city and county law enforcement officials have increased patrols and officer presence around area mosques and other religious institutions. KPCC's Brian Watt was at the group's news conference and spoke with All Things Considered host Alex Cohen. (Audio: Extended details on the press conference.)

LA Police Protective League supports nomination of Charlie Beck for police chief

The union that represents rank-and-file LAPD officers quickly endorsed the nomination of Charlie Beck to be the next police chief. The Los Angeles Police Protective League represents the nearly 10,000 sworn members of the LAPD.

LA Metro's deal with Italian rail car manufacturer falls apart

L.A. County’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has thrown AnsaldoBreda from the train. The Italian company had agreed to build a factory in Los Angeles and manufacture 100 more light rail cars for the regional transit system. But negotiations derailed over the weekend, and now the $300 million deal is off.

Shooting at Valley Village synagogue wounds 2

Detectives from the North Hollywood branch of the Los Angeles Police Department have spent the day investigating a shooting that wounded two this morning at a synagogue in Valley Village. Police and city officials have also worked to keep the public from rushing to the wrong conclusions about the shooting.