Brian Watt Business and Economics Reporter
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
National Parks, Small Business Administration district offices reopen in Southern California, and aircraft safety inspectors return to work
For those in Southern California affected by the federal shutdown, the mood remains glum, even after Congress ends the impasse.
Anxiety, depression, worry, and tough love. Dodgers fans look for hope and optimism after two NLCS losses to St. Louis.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon concludes, with Team Austria's 'James-Bond-themed love chalet' taking first place.
The closure of national parks and forests means some film, television and commercial projects must find alternative locations, while the government loses revenue.
Primary home buyers will make a comeback in 2014, following tough competition with investors for a limited supply of homes, according to a new industry forecast.
FilmLA, the city's official film office, reports a 'modest recovery' in on-location film shoots, but cautions that local television production is lagging.
Small business has been called the "engine of the economy"; but that engine could stall, if loans and contracts are left frozen by the federal shutdown.
The Port of L.A.'s top executive, Geraldine Knatz will retire at end of year. That announcement from Mayor Garcetti's office surprised one harbor commissioner.
North Hollywood Army reservist George Zepeda is managing to stay calm, despite missing a weekend training drill and losing a paycheck to the federal shutdown.
Furloughed SSA attorney, Alisa Wayne says she's concerned about paying bills, but also worried that applicants appealing benefit decisions may have to wait during the federal shutdown.
Another major studio is laying off employees to compete. Six months after Disney trimmed 150 jobs, Paramount Pictures said it's cutting 110.
Antonio Villaraigosa will be a 'senior advisor' to Herbalife. The head of one Latino group says the former L.A. Mayor must not know the 'downside.'
Microsoft is moving its Los Angeles offices out of downtown and onto 'Silicon Beach' with a new technology center in Playa Vista.
Time Warner Cable and CBS end a month-long battle affecting more than three million cable customers nationwide. What was lost and gained?