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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

La Brea Tar Pits reveals huge cache of fossils

The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits already has plenty of fossils from the Ice Age. But the museum announced a "mammoth" discovery that could double the size of its collection. KPCC's Brian Watt went down to check out the bones.

LA City Attorney files criminal complaint against four carwash owners

Workers at four Southland car washes have been complaining about pay and working conditions for more than a year now. They've tried to form a union, and sue their employers. Late Monday. Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo filed a criminal complaint against the owners of the car washes. He spoke about the complaint with KPCC's Brian Watt.

Downtown Denny's slammed with free breakfast customers

All over the country today, people thronged Denny's restaurant locations to eat for free during a one-day promotion. KPCC's Brian Watt visited a location in Downtown Los Angeles.

Actors union board sacks national executive director, replaces negotiating committee

An actors strike is far less likely, and a contract deal is far more possible, because the national board of the Screen Actors Guild has yelled, "Cut!" It's fired its national executive director and chief negotiator, and disbanded the Guild's negotiating committee. KPCC's Brian Watt has more on SAG's new cast of characters.

Security is tight in the nation's capital for the presidential Inauguration

KPCC's Brian Watt will watch the inaugural ceremonies from along the west side of the Capitol Mall. Brian talked with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about what kind of security measures he faced this morning.

Inaugural ceremonies present big opportunity for vendors

Along with tradition, ceremony, and solemnity, KPCC's Brian Watt says there's a lot of Barack Obama commerce in the nation's capital.

KPCC reporters share observations of Inauguration

KPCC reporters Brian Watt and Shirley Jahad were spectators at today's Inauguration. KPCC's Nick Roman spoke with both of them about the day's highlights.

Security is tight in the nation's capital for the presidential Inauguration

KPCC's Brian Watt will watch the inaugural ceremonies from along the west side of the Capitol Mall. Brian talked with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about what kind of security measures he faced this morning.

Members of Tuskeegee Airmen to attend inauguration

Some of the best seats at Barack Obama's inauguration are going to a group of Tuskegee Airmen. They're a corps of African American pilots and ground crew who served during World War II. Senator Dianne Feinstein, who heads the congressional inaugural committee, invited the surviving Airmen. A couple hundred across the country have accepted. KPCC's Brian Watt says about a dozen from the Southland will be in that number.

Inaugural attendees pack the nation's capitol

KPCC's Brian Watt reports on the atmosphere in Washington, D.C. as it prepares for the presidential inauguration.

California Supreme Court rules against breakaway Episcopal churches

A Newport Beach church lost a battle in the California Supreme Court today. The high court ruled that St. James Anglican Church and three other parishes don't have a right to keep their buildings and land after breaking away from the national denomination. KPCC's Susan Valot and Brian Watt say it's a battle that started more than five years ago.

California Supreme Court rules against breakaway Episcopal churches

A Newport Beach church lost a battle in the California Supreme Court today. The high court ruled that St. James Anglican Church and three other parishes don't have a right to keep their buildings and land after breaking away from the national denomination. KPCC's Susan Valot and Brian Watt say it is a battle that started more than five years ago.

Spectators enjoy good weather at Rose Parade

Hundreds of thousands of people turned out today to enjoy the 120th Rose Parade in postcard-perfect Pasadena weather. KPCC's Brian Watt was one of them.

Rose Parade keeps running, despite economic downturn

Forty-six flower-covered floats are moving into place for tomorrow's 120th Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena. When the economy is far from rosy, can those who build the floats stay afloat? KPCC's Brian Watt went asking.

Los Angeles County holds 49th annual holiday celebration

Almost four dozen acts take the stage today at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for the County's annual holiday celebration. The Art Commission has sponsored the free Christmas Eve concert for almost 50 years, and Murray Siegel has been working on it for the last 20. He's one of several stage managers for the sprawling event. During a sound check on Tuesday, Siegel told KPCC's Brian Watt about the behind-the-scenes effort that goes into pulling it off.