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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

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.

Southland auto dismantler ambivalent about Cash for Clunkers

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.

Car dealer says no promotion needed for end of Cash for Clunkers

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.

Test drilling phase for Westside subway near complete

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.

State officials look out for fraud and misuse of federal stimulus money

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.

Union leader, supporters rally for car wash workers

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.

Free health clinic at Forum winds down

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.