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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

Transportation Safety Board holds first day of hearings on Metrolink crash

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.

Industry City Council votes to approve NFL stadium plan

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.

Launch failure dooms environmental satellite, research project

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.

La Brea Tar Pits reveals huge cache of fossils

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.

LA City Attorney files criminal complaint against four carwash owners

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.

Downtown Denny's slammed with free breakfast customers

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.

Actors union board sacks national executive director, replaces negotiating committee

An actors strike is far less likely, and a contract deal is far more possible, because the national board of the Screen Actors Guild has yelled, "Cut!" It's fired its national executive director and chief negotiator, and disbanded the Guild's negotiating committee. KPCC's Brian Watt has more on SAG's new cast of characters.

Security is tight in the nation's capital for the presidential Inauguration

KPCC's Brian Watt will watch the inaugural ceremonies from along the west side of the Capitol Mall. Brian talked with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about what kind of security measures he faced this morning.

Inaugural ceremonies present big opportunity for vendors

Along with tradition, ceremony, and solemnity, KPCC's Brian Watt says there's a lot of Barack Obama commerce in the nation's capital.

KPCC reporters share observations of Inauguration

KPCC reporters Brian Watt and Shirley Jahad were spectators at today's Inauguration. KPCC's Nick Roman spoke with both of them about the day's highlights.

Security is tight in the nation's capital for the presidential Inauguration

KPCC's Brian Watt will watch the inaugural ceremonies from along the west side of the Capitol Mall. Brian talked with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about what kind of security measures he faced this morning.

Members of Tuskeegee Airmen to attend inauguration

Some of the best seats at Barack Obama's inauguration are going to a group of Tuskegee Airmen. They're a corps of African American pilots and ground crew who served during World War II. Senator Dianne Feinstein, who heads the congressional inaugural committee, invited the surviving Airmen. A couple hundred across the country have accepted. KPCC's Brian Watt says about a dozen from the Southland will be in that number.

Inaugural attendees pack the nation's capitol

KPCC's Brian Watt reports on the atmosphere in Washington, D.C. as it prepares for the presidential inauguration.

California Supreme Court rules against breakaway Episcopal churches

A Newport Beach church lost a battle in the California Supreme Court today. The high court ruled that St. James Anglican Church and three other parishes don't have a right to keep their buildings and land after breaking away from the national denomination. KPCC's Susan Valot and Brian Watt say it's a battle that started more than five years ago.

California Supreme Court rules against breakaway Episcopal churches

A Newport Beach church lost a battle in the California Supreme Court today. The high court ruled that St. James Anglican Church and three other parishes don't have a right to keep their buildings and land after breaking away from the national denomination. KPCC's Susan Valot and Brian Watt say it is a battle that started more than five years ago.