Brian Watt Business and Economics Reporter
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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
For more than five years, the UNITE HERE union has tried to organize workers at five hotels near Los Angeles International Airport. Today the Radisson LAX became the fourth of those hotels to sign a labor contract. KPCC's Brian Watt went to the signing ceremony.
The tough economy has a lot of people trying to trim their monthly expenses. KPCC’s Brian Watt says they should think twice before they drop their auto insurance.
L.A. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo says College Hospital Costa Mesa may have dumped as many as 150 psychiatric patients on Skid Row in the last couple of years. His office has reached a settlement with the hospital. KPCC's Brian Watt reports.
The first wave of next year’s federal census started today. In the next few months, 140,000 temporary government workers are canvassing every street and road in the country to verify addresses. KPCC’s Brian Watt says the effort launched with a rally at Los Angeles City Hall.
The WESTEC Expo closes today at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Thousands of manufacturers have passed through, looking for new machines or technology to help their production lines run more efficiently - and more profitably. KPCC's Brian Watt stopped by and found manufacturers facing down the recession.
The two actors unions – SAG and AFTRA – have reached a tentative agreement with advertisers and ad agencies on new three-year contracts for commercials. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports.
Car dealers are always saying that now is the time to buy. For the next week or so, they may be right. An imminent tax break, tax hike, and fee increase mean you could save hundreds of dollars if you're in a position to buy. KPCC's Brian Watt says dealers are promoting all this to get customers into the showroom - and cars off the lot - now.
The El Camino College Compton Center hosted an employment and career expo Wednesday. KPCC's Brian Watt says dozens of employers showed up with jobs to fill. Connie Jones distributes her resume during the Employment and Career Expo at El Camino College Compton Center.
One barometer of the times we're in is who's moving and why. KPCC's Brian Watt got an inside take from two professional movers in South Los Angeles.
Federal investigators say the engineer running the Metrolink train that crashed in Chatsworth last September didn't stop at a red light, failed to call signals properly and was texting on his cell phone. The National Transportation Safety Board began hearings on the crash today in Washington. KPCC's Brian Watt reports.
The Southland is a little further downfield toward welcoming a National Football League team. The Industry City Council unanimously approved a plan today to build a complex that includes a 75,000 seat stadium. KPCC's Brian Watt reports.
Two hundred eighty million dollars and ten years of research and technology crashed into the ocean near Antarctica early this morning. Engineers helped design the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, a satellite, to measure carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and answer nagging questions about global warming. KPCC's Brian Watt reports.
The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits already has plenty of fossils from the Ice Age. But the museum announced a "mammoth" discovery that could double the size of its collection. KPCC's Brian Watt went down to check out the bones.
Workers at four Southland car washes have been complaining about pay and working conditions for more than a year now. They've tried to form a union, and sue their employers. Late Monday. Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo filed a criminal complaint against the owners of the car washes. He spoke about the complaint with KPCC's Brian Watt.
All over the country today, people thronged Denny's restaurant locations to eat for free during a one-day promotion. KPCC's Brian Watt visited a location in Downtown Los Angeles.