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
At medical schools across the country, Thursday is "Match Day." Med students in their final year find out whether the residency program of their choice has accepted them. These students are the doctors who will provide the care to all of us in the coming decades. We sent reporters to two local medical schools to witness this different version of "March Madness." KPCC's Susan Valot was at UC Irvine, but we begin at UCLA with reporter Brian Watt.
The city of Los Angeles is suing the medical insurer Health Net for unfair business practices and misleading advertising. The Woodland Hills-based company allegedly sold policies that promised coverage, but canceled them when patients need expensive treatment. KPCC's Brian Watt has the story.
The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation issued its economic forecast Wednesday for California and the Southland. KPCC's Brian Watt has more.
Local police and federal law enforcement agents arrested 10 alleged gang members or associates Monday in the Pomona area. KPCC's Brian Watt says the arrests tie into a one-year joint investigation into gang-related drug trafficking.
Members of the Writers' Guild vote today on whether to continue or end their strike against Hollywood studios. Some writers could be back at work as early as Wednesday. KPCC's Brian Watt checked in with two people in the business to see how the strike affected them personally and professionally.
California has become a key battleground in the race for the Democratic nomination for president. Yesterday, both candidates sent their top surrogates to Los Angeles. KPCC's Frank Stoltze visited an African American church where former President Bill Clinton was speaking on behalf of his wife. Brian Watt was at two other local churches.
Hollywood writers on strike and studios are still talking informally about whether it's worthwhile to start negotiating formally. But Writers Guild members continue to picket outside studios after 11 weeks. Thursday, some strikers outside Warner Brothers in Burbank applied a twist to the informational picket. KPCC's Brian Watt went over to see what he could learn.
Striking writers had a lot on their minds Tuesday. Oscar nominations, the deal quickly cut between the Directors Guild and the studios, and what to do about the Grammys. KPCC's Brian Watt visited the picket line.
The non-profit Venice Arts gives children from low-income families in the Venice area the chance to learn photography, filmmaking and graphic arts from professionals.
The USC Trojans couldn't make a deal at the Rose Bowl Thursday night. University officials submitted a lease proposal to the board of the Rose Bowl Operating Company to play their home games in Pasadena, but KPCC's Brian Watt says the Rose Bowl operators put off a decision.
The crooks are after copper... and now the coppers are after the crooks. Copper prices are soaring, and that's inspired a wave of copper wiring thefts from streetlights in Los Angeles. KPCC's Brian Watt has more.
On the eve of World AIDS Day, the City of Los Angeles kicked off an initiative to test a million Angelenos for HIV. KPCC's Brian Watt says for some elected officials, that meant an appointment at an East L.A. clinic.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are about to reach a big milestone. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the team's cross-country move to Los Angeles from Brooklyn. Today, team officials announced the Dodgers' plan to observe the occasion by playing an exhibition game in their first Southland stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. KPCC's Brian Watt says that homecoming is scheduled for March 29th.
On the day when retailers expect most Americans to shop, some people are crying "STOP!" A Canadian group called Adbusters started "Buy Nothing Day" 15 years ago. KPCC's Brian Watt tells us how some Southlanders have bought into the idea.
Thousands of striking entertainment writers marched along Hollywood Boulevard on Tuesday. KPCC's Brian Watt says the strikers got a lot of help from outside their union.