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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

LA firefighters protest budget cuts at City Hall

The Los Angeles City Fire Department’s plan to limit the use of some fire trucks and ambulances goes into full effect on Thursday. The plan’s designed to shave tens of millions of dollars from the department’s budget. KPCC’s Brian Watt says dozens of off-duty firefighters showed up at City Hall Wednesday to protest the plan – and to warn people about its consequences.

LA firefighters protest budget cuts at City Council

Dozens of Los Angeles city firefighters converged on City Hall this morning. They protested L.A.’s plans to shut down some fire engines and ambulances on a rotating basis. The plans are designed to help the Fire Department cut more than $50 million from its budget.

Former LA police chief reacts to Bratton resignation

The man Bill Bratton replaced as Los Angeles Police chief offered a brief reaction to news of his resignation.

LA firefighters protest $39 million in cuts

KPCC's Steve Julian talks to reporter Brian Watt as Los Angeles firefighters are about to rally in front of City Hall to protest the $39 million in cuts that start tomorrow.

LA84 Foundation dedicates rooftop soccer court in Hollywood

David Beckham scored a goal, but that wasn't enough for the LA Galaxy. European champions FC Barcelona beat the Galaxy 2-1 in front of 93,000 soccer fans at the Rose Bowl. The FC Barcelona squad showed up in the Southland few days early to help the LA84 Foundation dedicate a new soccer pitch on the roof of the Montalban Theatre in Hollywood. KPCC’s Brian Watt stopped in.

Popularity and problems with "Cash for Clunkers"

The federal government’s billion-dollar “Cash for Clunkers” program was so popular, it started running out of gas quickly. Congress rushed Friday to put more in the tank. KPCC’s Brian Watt talked with one Southland car dealer dealing with the program’s popularity and problems .

Michael Jackson's mother to retain custody of children

Michael Jackson’s mother is a big step closer today to keeping custody of the late pop star’s three children. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports.

Route for 25th LA Marathon will be iconic

The Los Angeles Marathon turns 25 next year. KPCC’s Brian Watt tells us that its planners are working on an iconic route.

Pink's Hot Dogs coming soon to LAX

Later this year, international travelers at LAX will be able to sink their teeth into a Hollywood icon. KPCC’s Brian Watt explains.

Major prop shop auctions inventory before closing

The bidding and buying started yesterday at 20th Century Props in North Hollywood. More than 90,000 set pieces from its vast inventory are on the auction block this week, as the prop house prepares to shut down after four decades in business. KPCC’s Brian Watt stopped by.

Hollywood prop house to auction off wares and call it a wrap

20th Century Props starts auctioning off pieces of Hollywood history Tuesday. The North Hollywood prop house is shutting down after four decades of supplying set pieces for films and television shows.

Junior Lifeguards compete in Battle of the Beach

While a lot of us spent a sweltering day in air-conditioned offices or overheating cars, a few hundred 9- to 17-year-olds ran on the sand and worked through the waves Wednesday at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro. KPCC’s Brian Watt observed the competition at the 6th annual Junior Lifeguard Battle of the Beach.

Kids from junior lifeguard program compete

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.

Mid-year economic forecast sees bottom of recession near

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation issues its mid-year forecast today. KPCC’s Brian Watt took a look.

LAEDC releases mid-year economic outlook update

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.