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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

ACLU sues Santa Monica over treatment of homeless

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the city of Santa Monica. KPCC’s Brian Watt says the suit alleges that the city violates the constitutional rights of homeless people.

ACLU sues Santa Monica over treatment of chronically homeless

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the city of Santa Monica. The lawsuit accuses the city of harassing chronically homeless people without providing enough shelter space where they can sleep.

UC Patient Care and Service Workers Begin Strike Over Wages

The union representing thousands of patient care and service workers in the University of California system began a strike Monday. KPCC's Brian Watt went to UCLA's Reagan Medical Center in Westwood, where hundreds of workers picketed.

Testing the ground for subway to the sea

Drill rigs and hard hats are popping up at a few Los Angeles intersections this week. KPCC’s Brian Watt says L.A. Metro is testing the ground for the proposed Westside Subway Extension.

Farmers Market pizzeria shares in celebration of 75th anniversary

The Original Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax in Los Angeles is celebrating its 75th birthday this week. KPCC’s Brian Watt stopped by for a slice of history... and pizza.

Federal prosecutors indict 42 for Medi-Cal fraud

A federal indictment unsealed this morning alleges that 42 people took part in a ring that defrauded the state’s Medi-Cal insurance program of four-and-a-half million dollars. KPCC’s Brian Watt has more on what prosecutors called an elaborate criminal enterprise.

Growing brush fire prompts evacuations at Getty Center, nearby areas

Hand crews and seven helicopters are fighting a brush fire that started this afternoon in the Sepulveda Pass, three-quarters of a mile north of the Getty Center.

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.