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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

CA students improve slightly on exit exam

Slightly more than 90 percent of California’s high school class of 2009 passed the state’s high school exit exam. That’s a little better than the previous senior class. KPCC’s Brian Watt says the state schools chief Jack O’Connell wants to see even better results.

Thousands of homes threatened by fire; people forced to evacuate

KPCC's Steve Julian talks to Brian Watt who's at an evacuation center in La Cresenta. Brian talks to the director of that evacuation center.

Station Fire grows overnight; more evacuation centers may be needed

KPCC's Steve Julian talks to Brian Watt about the possibility of increasing the number of evacuation centers if the Station Fire continues to spiral out of control.

Fire evacuees give eyewitness account

KPCC's Steve Julian talks to reporter Brian Watt, who's joined by an evacuee at the Verdugo High School evacuation center, and tells us what his experience has been so far.

Fire evacuees sleep at evacuation centers

The Station Fire in the Angeles National Forest has grown an additional 16,000 acres overnight. KPCC's Steve Julian talks to Brian Watt as people sleep at the evacuation center at Verdugo High School.

'Sex tourists' arrested in Cambodia return to LA for prosecution

Three men arrested in Cambodia are passing through Los Angeles to face federal charges relating to child sexual exploitation. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports.

Disney makes a Marvel of a deal

M-I-C. “See you” at the comic book store. K-E-Y. Why? Because the Walt Disney Company is buying Marvel Entertainment. KPCC’s Brian Watt says the purchase is worth an estimated $4 billion.

Millage Peaks named interim LA fire chief

The Los Angeles Fire Department says goodbye to Chief Douglas Barry. He’s retiring after 34 years with the department. Last Friday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa nominated Millage Peaks to succeed Barry.

Mayor Villaraigosa nominates Peaks as next fire chief

Four fires are burning in the Los Angeles area, and L.A. City Fire Chief Douglas Barry is set to begin his retirement Monday, August 31. So it’s a good time to find out who will succeed him. At a city hall news conference today, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said his choice is Battalion Chief Millage Peaks. KPCC's Brian Watt says Peaks is a 33-year veteran of the L.A. Fire Department.

LA mayor nominates Millage Peaks as next fire chief

With four fires burning in the Los Angeles area, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa named Millage Peaks as his choice to be the next chief of the L.A. Fire Department. KPCC's Brian Watt reports from City Hall.

Wheelchair attendants at LAX complain of lack of training

Some employees of a company that assists passengers with disabilities at Los Angeles International Airport say they've haven't received adequate training. KPCC's Brian Watt says they've filed a complaint with the federal Department of Transportation.

LAX air traffic controllers train on new simulators

Aviation safety officials unveiled a new air traffic control tower simulator Wednesday for trainees who plan to work in the tower at Los Angeles International Airport. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports.

Car wash owners settle anti-labor charges

The union organizing workers at a car wash in the Hollywood-Los Feliz area has reached a settlement with the car wash owners. More on the story from KPCC’s Brian Watt.

Tenants facing eviction from affordable housing complex stage protest

Tenants who may lose their homes at the Regency Court Apartments in Monrovia protested today outside the apartment complex. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports.

Local auto dealers respond to end of Cash for Clunkers

New car dealers got a brief grace period from the federal government on the popular Cash for Clunkers program. They still had to sell new cars in exchange for the clunkers by 5 p.m. Monday afternoon, but now dealers have until 9 a.m. Tuesday morning to submit the required paperwork. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports.