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
After almost 3 weeks of contract talks, Hollywood producers have reached a tentative deal with one of the actors unions. The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, or AFTRA, and the alliance representing the studios announced the agreement yesterday. KPCC's Brian Watt has details.
Redondo Beach is holding a rare Memorial Day parade this morning. KPCC's Brian Watt says the parade was the dream of a onetime war protestor who now dedicates himself to paying tribute to U.S. troops.
Attorneys gave opening statements Monday in the trial of Juan Alvarez. He's accused of causing the deadly Glendale train crash three years ago when he parked his SUV on the tracks. A Metrolink train hit the vehicle and derailed and then collided with another train heading the other way. Eleven people died. KPCC's Brian Watt listened in as the prosecution and defense outlined their cases at the Criminal Courts Building in downtown Los Angeles.
California's Assembly Speaker plans to introduce legislation condemning workplace raids by immigration agents. Los Angeles Democrat Fabian Nunez chose to unveil his resolution Tuesday at a company that's trying to connect with its young customers through edgy casual wear and pro-immigrant rhetoric. KPCC's Brian Watt has the story.
Imagine a new Dodger Stadium - without tearing down the old one. The owners of the Dodgers announced a plan Thursday to give the place a big-time face lift. KPCC's Brian Watt was an awful Little League fielder, but he got to stand on the center field grass for the announcement.
It's budget time in Los Angeles. Bean counters for the City and the County made their proposals for the coming fiscal year Monday. We have two reports: KPCC's Brian Watt begins with a focus on the county, followed by Frnak Stolze with a look at the city.
It's budget time in Los Angeles. Bean counters for the City and the County made their proposals for the coming fiscal year Monday. We have two reports: KPCC's Brian Watt begins with a focus on the county, followed by Frank Stolze with a look at the city.
American Airlines plans to ground hundreds of flights for inspection. It's the fourth day in a row of safety inspections and passenger headaches. KPCC's Brian Watt has more on the 15 departures scratched Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport.
Search under the cushions of your couch for an extra seven-and-half bucks a month. If you live in Los Angeles, you're gonna need that money to pay your water and power bill in a little more than a year. The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to give final approval to proposed rate increases for water and electricity. KPCC's Brian Watt went to City Hall for the vote.
The Los Angeles Police Department has appointed its first Asian-American deputy chief. The honor went Monday to 28-year LAPD veteran Terry Hara. KPCC's Brian Watt went to the Police Academy for the promotion ceremony.
A spectacle was in order for the first firefighter Los Angeles has lost on the job in almost four years. Flags flew at half mast in downtown this morning, and dozens of polished fire trucks lined city streets near the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Friends, relatives, and city officials joined hundreds of firefighters from across the country who paid their last respects to fallen firefighter Brent Lovrien. KPCC's Patricia Nazario and Brian Watt observed the memorial. An Honorary Color Guard stands in formation in front of L.A.'s City Hall before Brent Lovrien's funeral procession.
A spectacle was in order for the first firefighter Los Angeles has lost on the job in almost four years. Flags flew at half mast in downtown this morning, and dozens of polished fire trucks lined city streets near the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Friends, relatives, and city officials joined hundreds of firefighters from across the country who paid their last respects to fallen firefighter Brent Lovrien. KPCC's Patricia Nazario and Brian Watt observed the memorial.
The two major actors' unions, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, have gone their separate ways after 27 years. KPCC's Brian Watt says AFTRA will negotiate its own contract with studios.
Labor and immigrants' rights groups launched a campaign Thursday to organize workers at Los Angeles-area car washes. KPCC's Brian Watt says the groups are taking aim at car wash owners they say routinely violate labor, health, and safety laws.
At its scheduled meeting Tuesday, Los Angeles City Council takes up a proposal to raise water and electricity rates. It's a highly charged matter, says KPCC's Brian Watt.