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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

Humanitarian 'Amma' stops through LA for thousands of hugs

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.

LA Animal Services to provide free sterilizations

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 leaders look for unity

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.

SAG leadership ready to move on from contract dispute

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.

SAG members ratify contract

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.

Funeral services for murdered high school football standout

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.

Murdered high school football player remembered at memorial

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.

Oxnard couple love the Lakers, and each other

Love is in the air. Love for the L.A. Lakers, that is. Their championship series against the Orlando Magic begins tonight.

Lakers Fans Show Up Early for Game 1 of NBA Championship

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.

Gamers scout out new offerings at E3 Expo

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.

Anaheim Corvette dealer reacts to GM bankruptcy

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.

Judge sentences Phil Spector to 19 years to life in state prison

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.

LA city fire chief will retire

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.

Former Bush v. Gore lawyers team up to challenge Prop 8

A day after the California Supreme Court upheld the state's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, two prominent attorneys announced they're teaming up to challenge it in federal court. KPCC's Brian Watt says the lawyers are better known as legal adversaries.

Local dealers ponder next step after Chrysler announces closures

Chrysler today delivered bad news to about a quarter of its 3,200 dealerships nationwide. They'll have to close so the company can straighten out its finances - and hook up with Italian automaker Fiat. Thirty-two of those doomed dealers are in California. KPCC's Brian Watt talked to one Southland Chrysler dealer whose name was on the list.