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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

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.

LAPD investigates shooting at North Hollywood synagogue

Detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department continue to investigate a shooting at the Adat Yeshurun Valley Sephardic Orthodox synagogue.

3 high-ranking LAPD officers are finalists to become next chief

The Los Angeles Police Commission has recommended a trio of finalists to replace Police Chief Bill Bratton. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa must now choose between three high-ranking LAPD officers.

Downing named interim LAPD chief

Deputy Chief Michael Downing was named the Los Angeles Police Department's interim chief today. Downing will run the LAPD until a new chief is selected. (Audio: KPCC's Brian Watt reports on Downing's appointment.)

New CA tax incentives begin to keep movie, TV productions from running away

Politicians in Sacramento said they wanted to curb runaway production. Governor Schwarzenegger says that’s resulted in 36 films and television shows scheduled to begin shooting in California between now and the end of the year.

Villaraigosa prepares to interview 3 finalists for LAPD police chief

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – and everyone else – could learn the names of the L.A. Police Commission’s three finalists for the next police chief as early as tomorrow. The Mayor's Office has released a tentative schedule for what happens once the L.A. Police Commission releases the names of its top three picks.

Meetings to discuss LA Westside subway stations

At 6 p.m. tonight at the L.A. County Museum of Art, there's a meeting to discuss potential station stops for the Metro Westside subway extension.

Arts Tune-Up offers management advice to artists

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission is sponsoring a free “arts tune-up.” A lot of artists would be the first to admit they could benefit from a more management savvy. Saturday at the Glendale Civic Auditorium, it’ll be there for the taking.

Long-term unemployment leads to foreclosure for Palmdale man

The home foreclosure crisis started with borrowers willing to take a risk on sub-prime mortgages. Now it’s reaching people who simply can’t find work.

MPAA head Dan Glickman plans to retire next year

The top lobbyist for the film and television industry plans to retire next year. Dan Glickman has led the Motion Picture Association of America for five years.