Brian Watt Business and Economics Reporter

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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

350 firefighters on location battling flames near Getty Center

About 350 firefighters are on location battling a brush fire near the Sepulveda Pass. Fire officials have recommended voluntary evacuations in the area. Alex Cohen talks to KPCC's Brian Watt and says the fire has burned at least 80 acres.

Firefighters hose down brush fire near Sepulveda Pass; 20 percent contained

A brush fire continues to burn near the Sepulveda Pass . Alex Cohen talks to KPCC's Brian Watt and brings news that the fire is now 20 percent contained.

Winds calm as firefighters battle flames near Getty Center

The Getty Center and Mount St. Mary's College were evacuated due to a fire near the Sepulveda Pass. Alex Cohen talks to KPCC's Brian Watt reporting from the command post for the fire and says winds are calm.

Firefighters battle fire near Getty Center

Alex Cohen talks to KPCC's Brian Watt as he brings the latest details on the fire near the Getty Center.

Small crowds outside Jackson memorial satisfy LAPD

The Los Angeles Police Department got its wish for Tuesday’s Michael Jackson memorial: much smaller crowds than anyone had anticipated. KPCC’s Brian Watt says that made for a pretty calm day in downtown L.A.

New York memorabilia vendor comes to L.A. to pay last respects to the King of Pop

Michael Jackson's public memorial at Staples Center starts at 10a.m. Steve Julian talks to KPCC's Brian Watt about Michael Jackson memorabilia vendors near the downtown arena.

Crowd begins to gather for Michael Jackson's public memorial

Michael Jackson's public memorial at Staples Center starts at 10a.m. KPCC's Brian Watt is on Olympic Blvd and Figueroa St. near the downtown arena. He joins Steve Julian as the early morning crowd starts to gather for the event.

Lawsuit alleges state allows insurance companies to deny coverage for child autism treatments

A new lawsuit alleges that the California Department of Managed Health Care is violating state law by allowing health insurers to refuse payment for certain treatments for kids with autism. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports.

Parking rates rise at Getty Center, Getty Villa

If you plan on driving to the Getty Center or Getty Villa this Independence Day weekend, take a little extra money. Starting tomorrow, parking rates at the museums go up from $10 to $15 per car. More on the story from KPCC’s Brian Watt.

Parking fee at Getty Center, Getty Villa rises to $15

Starting tomorrow, it’ll cost $15 to park at the Getty Center and Getty Villa. That’s up from $10.

LA County dead phone lines cost $1.5 million per year

Los Angeles County officials are about halfway through the process of finding thousands of phone lines the county pays for, but doesn’t use. So far, they’ve found more than 8,000 dead phone lines that cost taxpayers more than $1.5 million a year.

San Fransisco souvenir merchant sells goods at Lakers parade

KPCC reporter Brian Watt chats with a souvenir seller who came all the way from San Fransisco to get a glimpse at his favorite team, the Lakers , and to boost his business by selling some Lakers memorabilia at Wednesday's parade event.

Anderson Forecast says economy will recover slowly

The economists of UCLA’s Anderson Forecast offered their takes today on the economy. KPCC’s Brian Watt says the Anderson economists see a recovering patient – and an anxious kid in the back seat.

State budget mess will slow down California’s comeback from recession

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.

Humanitarian stops through LA for thousands of hugs

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.