Brian Watt Business and Economics Reporter
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
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.
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.
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.
Before the battle on the football field at the Rose Bowl, there was the battle of the bands on the boulevards of Pasadena.
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.)
(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.)
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.