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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

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.

Spectators enjoy good weather at Rose Parade

Hundreds of thousands of people turned out today to enjoy the 120th Rose Parade in postcard-perfect Pasadena weather. KPCC's Brian Watt was one of them.

Rose Parade keeps running, despite economic downturn

Forty-six flower-covered floats are moving into place for tomorrow's 120th Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena. When the economy is far from rosy, can those who build the floats stay afloat? KPCC's Brian Watt went asking.

Los Angeles County holds 49th annual holiday celebration

Almost four dozen acts take the stage today at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for the County's annual holiday celebration. The Art Commission has sponsored the free Christmas Eve concert for almost 50 years, and Murray Siegel has been working on it for the last 20. He's one of several stage managers for the sprawling event. During a sound check on Tuesday, Siegel told KPCC's Brian Watt about the behind-the-scenes effort that goes into pulling it off.

Dissension Over SAG's Strike Authorization Plans

The week's off to a tough start for the leaders of the Screen Actors Guild. The Alliance of Motion Picture and TV Producers placed an ad in Hollywood trade papers yesterday, attacking Guild president Alan Rosenberg. KPCC's Brian Watt reports that high profile SAG members from coast to coast are also questioning the leadership's moves toward a strike.

UCLA forecast says recession could be around for a while

For months, economists with UCLA's Anderson Forecast refused to say the "R" word - "recession." Now that we're all saying it, the Anderson team predicts we'll keep saying it for a long time to come. KPCC's Brian Watt was in Westwood for the release of the latest Anderson Forecast.

Betty Jane Williams, 89-year-old World War II Women Airforce Service Pilots member, dies

Last month we told you the story of Betty Jane Williams, a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II – the WASPs. She and her fellow WASPs were being honored on Veterans Day. Williams passed away on Monday. Here's more from her conversation last month with KPCC's Brian Watt.

Rough economic times prompt new demographic to seek help

The Fred Jordan Mission is serving more than 2,000 homeless people today at its 65th annual Thanksgiving meal. Dozens of organizations throughout the Southland are offering meals to victims of the recent wildfires, to cops and to homeless people. KPCC's Brian Watt says the rough economic times are prompting many people who normally wouldn't need help to look for it.

Longshore workers distribute Thanksgiving food to needy families

Like their counterparts in many areas of the Southland this holiday week, volunteers from the International Longshore and Warehouse workers union have been distributing Thanksgiving food baskets to families in need. KPCC's Brian Watt reports on Tuesday's event in Wilmington.

Ceremony honors Women Air Force Service Pilots

On Veterans Day yesterday, a crowd filled a room at the Proud Bird restaurant near L.A. International Airport. They honored the Women Air Force Service Pilots - or WASPs - who served during World War II.