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
On a sweltering Southland day, kids enjoyed the waves at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro. They took part in Wednesday’s 6th annual junior lifeguard “Battle of the Beach” competition.
The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation issues its mid-year forecast today. KPCC’s Brian Watt took a look.
The United States should reach the bottom of a deep recession sometime this summer, while California might take until the end of the year. Recovery will follow very slowly in both cases, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation says in its mid-year forecast.
The word out of Sacramento is that state lawmakers could reach a budget deal today. Los Angeles County officials say that if they’ve heard right about rumored elements of the deal, L.A. County could lose another $850 million.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is suing the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health over lax regulation of condom use in adult films. KPCC's Brian Watt has the story.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is suing the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The lawsuit alleges that the department is failing to combat the spread of sexually transmitted diseases on the sets of hardcore adult films.
The country’s only touring African-American rodeo rides into the Southland this weekend. The Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo promotes itself as the “Greatest Show on Dirt.” KPCC’s Brian Watt says it’s celebrating 25 years.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the city of Santa Monica. KPCC’s Brian Watt says the suit alleges that the city violates the constitutional rights of homeless people.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the city of Santa Monica. The lawsuit accuses the city of harassing chronically homeless people without providing enough shelter space where they can sleep.
The union representing thousands of patient care and service workers in the University of California system began a strike Monday. KPCC's Brian Watt went to UCLA's Reagan Medical Center in Westwood, where hundreds of workers picketed.
Drill rigs and hard hats are popping up at a few Los Angeles intersections this week. KPCC’s Brian Watt says L.A. Metro is testing the ground for the proposed Westside Subway Extension.
The Original Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax in Los Angeles is celebrating its 75th birthday this week. KPCC’s Brian Watt stopped by for a slice of history... and pizza.
A federal indictment unsealed this morning alleges that 42 people took part in a ring that defrauded the state’s Medi-Cal insurance program of four-and-a-half million dollars. KPCC’s Brian Watt has more on what prosecutors called an elaborate criminal enterprise.
Hand crews and seven helicopters are fighting a brush fire that started this afternoon in the Sepulveda Pass, three-quarters of a mile north of the Getty Center.
About 350 firefighters are on location battling a brush fire near the Sepulveda Pass. Fire officials have recommended voluntary evacuations in the area. Alex Cohen talks to KPCC's Brian Watt and says the fire has burned at least 80 acres.