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
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.
After 5 o’clock tonight, the popular Cash for Clunkers program will roll off into the sunset. It’s moved a lot of consumers out of old cars and into new, more fuel-efficient ones. KPCC’s Brian Watt talked with one car dealer who won’t be sad when it ends.
With the “Cash for Clunkers” program set to end on Monday evening, you’d think car dealers would be ramping up promotions to get car buyers to their lots before the deadline.
Los Angeles County's Metropolitan Transportation Authority has spent the last two-and-a-half months drilling for soil samples in 70 locations. KPCC's Brian Watt says those tests are a key early phase of subway construction on L.A.'s Westside.
California expects to score more than $50 billion in federal economic stimulus money. KPCC’s Brian Watt says state and local officials are on the lookout for fraud and abuse.
Organized labor leaders and more than 100 of their supporters shut down a block of Hollywood Boulevard. KPCC’s Brian Watt says they rallied in support of car wash workers’ efforts to join a union.
The non-profit Remote Area Medical treated the last of thousands of patients at its temporary clinic in Inglewood. KPCC’s Brian Watt says the free clinic at the Forum is winding down.
Survivors and the family of the victim of a hate-motivated shooting spree gathered Monday to mark the 10-year anniversary of the shootings.
Ten years ago today, a white supremacist went on a shooting spree that wounded five people at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills. He later shot and killed Filipino-American postal worker Joseph Ileto.
Monday marks 10 years since a hate-motivated shooting spree that killed one person and wounded five others in the San Fernando Valley. White supremacist Buford Furrow, Jr. fired on a woman, a teenage girl, and three boys attending day camp at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills.
Ten years ago Monday, white supremacist Buford Furrow, Jr. fired on a woman, a teenage girl, and three boys attending day camp at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills. He later shot and killed Filipino-American postal worker Joseph Ileto in Chatsworth.
Two months after they voted to accept a new deal with film and primetime TV producers, Screen Actors Guild members are voting on another contract. KPCC Brian Watt explains.
The Los Angeles City Council voted Friday for a permanent ban on new digital billboards, supergraphics, and advertising signs that face freeways. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports.
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Friday to ban new digital billboards and supergraphics – those giant signs that wrap several stories of a building.
The Cash for Clunkers program gets to keep running at least through Labor Day. The U.S. Senate has voted to pour in another $2 billion. When a cash-for-clunkers deal goes through, the customer rides off in a discounted new, more fuel-efficient car. But what does the dealership do with the clunker? KPCC’s Brian Watt explains.