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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

Jesusita Fire burns down Santa Barbara homes

Alex Cohen talks to KPCC's Brian Watt as he gives us the details of the number of homes destroyed by the Jesusita Fire in the county of Santa Barbara.

Firefighters battle blaze in Santa Barbara

Alex Cohen talks to KPCC reporter Brian Watt as he joins us from the Command Post at the Earl Warren Show Grounds in Santa Barbara and gives us the latest on the fire conditions out there.

Various firefighting techniques used to battle Santa Barbara fire

Alex Cohen talks to KPCC reporter Brian Watt as he joins us from the Command Post at the Earl Warren Show Grounds in Santa Barbara and fills us in what firefighting techniques are being used to fight the fire.

Santa Barbara winds calm down as fire continues to blaze

With the governor declaring a state of emergency on the County of Santa Barbara, Alex Cohen talks to KPCC reporter Brian Watt as he joins us from the Command Post at the Earl Warren Show Grounds in Santa Barbara and brings news that winds are calming down.

Santa Barbara fire mandatory evacuations double

Alex Cohen talks to KPCC reporter, Brian Watt, as he joins us from the Command Post at the Earl Warren Show Grounds in Santa Barbara and mandatory evacuations double.

Local drag racers sound off on Chrysler bankruptcy

Thursday was a big day for Chrysler. President Obama told us the automaker was headed into bankruptcy and into a merger with Italian automaker Fiat. KPCC's Brian Watt went to the Irwindale Speedway to get reaction to the news from people lined up to take part in Thursday night drag racing.

Race car drivers react to Chrysler bankruptcy filing

Alex Cohen talks to KPCC reporter Brian Watt live from the Irwindale Speedway and gets reaction from local racers on the recent news of Chrysler's filing for bankruptcy.

Future looking good for auto mechanics

The future's uncertain right now for the people who make cars, but it looks pretty good for people who fix them. That's what KPCC's Brian Watt learned in Pomona at a recent statewide auto repair skills competition for high school students.

LAX guards against swine flu

Forty-five daily flights to and from Mexico operate from Los Angeles International Airport. To guard against swine flu, it’s cleaning the restrooms in the international terminals twice an hour. KPCC’s Brian Watt spoke with a family just off a plane from Guadalajara, Mexico.

Muslim leader Dr. Hassan Hathout dies

A funeral service took place today for Dr. Hassan Hathout, a prominent Muslim leader in the Southland. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports.

FAA publishes number of bird strikes for past 19 years

The Federal Aviation Administration has published the number of reported bird strikes at U.S. airports for the past 19 years. Since then, Los Angeles International Airport has reported 940.

New group forms to oppose Prop 1A

Supporters of Proposition 1A launched a statewide television ad campaign today. KPCC’s Brian Watt says a new group also fired up its campaign against the ballot measure.

SAG's national board approves tentative agreement

The Screen Actors Guild’s National Board approved a tentative contract agreement yesterday with film and TV producers. But KPCC’s Brian Watt says the drama will continue until SAG’s rank and file members vote.

SAG's national board approves tentative primetime TV and film agreement

The Screen Actors Guild's National Board approved a tentative contract agreement yesterday with film and TV producers. Now it's up to the Guild's rank and file to ratify or reject it. KPCC's Brian Watt says that vote could be the last scene in a long drama - or just another plot twist.

People gather at Dockweiler State Beach to protest taxes

Yesterday’s tax filing deadline compelled people across the country to protest the taxes they’re paying. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports on a rally at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey.