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
The national and state economies are showing some signs of recovery, but California’s budget mess is going to make the comeback much tougher. That’s the message from UCLA’s Anderson Forecast released today.
Thousands of people are lining up at a hotel near L.A. International Airport for a hug. Not just any hug, says KPCC’s Brian Watt, but a big one from a woman many people consider a saint.
A woman who’s reportedly hugged more than 28 million people all over the world is visiting Los Angeles to add thousands more hugs to her total. KPCC Brian Watt observed the goings-on at the Radisson Hotel near L.A. International Airport.
There’ll be a long line of dogs and owners Saturday at the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services’ South L.A. Animal Care Center. KPCC’s Brian Watt tells why.
SAG members have spoken. After a year-long drama, members of the Screen Actors Guild have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new contract for film and prime-time television. KPCC’s Brian Watt says the members of the largest actor’s union may be on the same page, but the Guild’s leadership remains divided.
Screen Actors Guild members have ratified a new film and prime-time TV contract. Seventy-eight percent of them have voted for the new deal the union reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and TV producers. The result follows more than a year of stalls and stalemates between the two sides.
The votes are counted, and members of the Screen Actors Guild have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a contract with film and prime-time television producers. KPCC’s Brian Watt has more.
Stevie Wonder (singing): “Our father, which art in heaven... hallowed be..." Stevie Wonder sang the Lord’s Prayer yesterday at the funeral of 18-year-old Dannie Farber. Someone shot the Narbonne High School football standout almost two weeks ago while he and his girlfriend ate at a Compton restaurant.
Hundreds of mourners poured into a Gardena church today for the funeral of 18-year-old Dannie Farber. Somebody shot the stand-out football player for Harbor City’s Narbonne High School almost two weeks ago while he was eating dinner in a Compton Restaurant. KPCC’s Brian Watt attended the funeral.
Love is in the air. Love for the L.A. Lakers, that is. Their championship series against the Orlando Magic begins tonight.
Lakers mania is taking hold in the Southland. Game One of the NBA championship series against the Orlando Magic tips off soon. Some Lakers fans showed up early this afternoon at Staples Center to get ready.
At the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center, KPCC’s Brian Watt observed the hordes of gamers looking for the next fun time.
With a push from Uncle Sam, automaker General Motors filed today for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. KPCC’s Brian Watt spoke with an Anaheim dealer who’s been selling one of GM’s most popular brands for decades.
A judge sentenced Phil Spector today to 19 years to life in state prison. KPCC's Brian Watt was at the courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.
The chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department, Douglas Barry, announced today that he’s ready to retire. KPCC’s Brian Watt says his announcement follows more than three decades with the department.