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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

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.

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.