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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

Manufacturers face down recession at WESTEC Expo

The WESTEC Expo closes today at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Thousands of manufacturers have passed through, looking for new machines or technology to help their production lines run more efficiently - and more profitably. KPCC's Brian Watt stopped by and found manufacturers facing down the recession.

Actor unions cut deals with commercial producers

The two actors unions – SAG and AFTRA – have reached a tentative agreement with advertisers and ad agencies on new three-year contracts for commercials. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports.

Car dealers use upcoming tax increases to woo customers

Car dealers are always saying that now is the time to buy. For the next week or so, they may be right. An imminent tax break, tax hike, and fee increase mean you could save hundreds of dollars if you're in a position to buy. KPCC's Brian Watt says dealers are promoting all this to get customers into the showroom - and cars off the lot - now.

Jobs fair at Compton college draws thousands

The El Camino College Compton Center hosted an employment and career expo Wednesday. KPCC's Brian Watt says dozens of employers showed up with jobs to fill. Connie Jones distributes her resume during the Employment and Career Expo at El Camino College Compton Center.

Business slows to a crawl for South LA movers

One barometer of the times we're in is who's moving and why. KPCC's Brian Watt got an inside take from two professional movers in South Los Angeles.

Transportation Safety Board holds first day of hearings on Metrolink crash

Federal investigators say the engineer running the Metrolink train that crashed in Chatsworth last September didn't stop at a red light, failed to call signals properly and was texting on his cell phone. The National Transportation Safety Board began hearings on the crash today in Washington. KPCC's Brian Watt reports.

Industry City Council votes to approve NFL stadium plan

The Southland is a little further downfield toward welcoming a National Football League team. The Industry City Council unanimously approved a plan today to build a complex that includes a 75,000 seat stadium. KPCC's Brian Watt reports.

Launch failure dooms environmental satellite, research project

Two hundred eighty million dollars and ten years of research and technology crashed into the ocean near Antarctica early this morning. Engineers helped design the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, a satellite, to measure carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and answer nagging questions about global warming. KPCC's Brian Watt reports.

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.