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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

Comics Pay Tribute to George Carlin, 71

People who like to laugh, and to make others laugh, are mourning the death of comedian George Carlin. The rebellious stand-up comic who picked apart the way we act, speak, and think was 71 years old when he died Sunday night in Santa Monica. KPCC's Brian Watt reports.

Teams of Kids From Probation Facilities Compete in Academic Bowl

The California Science Center in LA's Exposition Park hosted an intense academic competition Friday. Four teams of high school age students went at it, and KPCC's Brian Watt was there keeping score.

West Hollywood Couples Wait in Line All Night for Marriage License

At West Hollywood Park, some couples waited in line overnight to get to get marriage licenses. City and Los Angeles County officials set up a satellite office in the auditorium there Tuesday morning to start issuing the licenses to same sex couples. KPCC's Brian Watt was there.

Lakers Fans Wait Long Time for Disappointing Game

The Lakers were humiliated last night when they allowed the Boston Celtics to overcome a 24 point deficit and win Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Just before the game started, KPCC's Brian Watt found a line of about 50 people waiting for tickets they hoped the arena would release at the last minute. The first 20 had been in line since Wednesday. A groggy 21-year-old communications major at Cal State Monterey Bay was holding the 12th place in line.

SAG Members Rally Before Contract Talks

Negotiators from the Screen Actors Guild sat back down to contract talks with the Hollywood studios today. But before that happened, the Guild's leadership and hundreds of members jammed into the square in front of its headquarters for a raucous rally. They attacked the contract agreement that the other actors union, the American Federation of Television Radio Artists, or AFTRA, recently negotiated on its own. KPCC's Brian Watt reports.

Upgrade to State's Prescription Database Proposed

California Attorney General Jerry Brown has announced a plan to bring the state's prescription drug database into the Internet age. KPCC's Brian Watt reports.

Inmates with Disabilities Sue L.A. County Sheriff

Jail inmates with disabilities are suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff. They say the county jail system routinely fails to accommodate their basic needs, using a toilet or a shower, or getting a glass of water. KPCC's Brian Watt reports.

Producers and Actors Unions Reach Tentative Agreement

After almost 3 weeks of contract talks, Hollywood producers have reached a tentative deal with one of the actors unions. The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, or AFTRA, and the alliance representing the studios announced the agreement yesterday. KPCC's Brian Watt has details.

Redondo Beach Memorial Day Parade Was Brainchild of Former War Protester

Redondo Beach is holding a rare Memorial Day parade this morning. KPCC's Brian Watt says the parade was the dream of a onetime war protestor who now dedicates himself to paying tribute to U.S. troops.

Trial Begins for Man Accused of Causing Fatal Metrolink Crash

Attorneys gave opening statements Monday in the trial of Juan Alvarez. He's accused of causing the deadly Glendale train crash three years ago when he parked his SUV on the tracks. A Metrolink train hit the vehicle and derailed and then collided with another train heading the other way. Eleven people died. KPCC's Brian Watt listened in as the prosecution and defense outlined their cases at the Criminal Courts Building in downtown Los Angeles.

Assembly Speaker to Introduce Bill Condemning Immigration Raids

California's Assembly Speaker plans to introduce legislation condemning workplace raids by immigration agents. Los Angeles Democrat Fabian Nunez chose to unveil his resolution Tuesday at a company that's trying to connect with its young customers through edgy casual wear and pro-immigrant rhetoric. KPCC's Brian Watt has the story.

Dodgers Owners Announce Plan to Renovate Stadium

Imagine a new Dodger Stadium - without tearing down the old one. The owners of the Dodgers announced a plan Thursday to give the place a big-time face lift. KPCC's Brian Watt was an awful Little League fielder, but he got to stand on the center field grass for the announcement.

L.A. City and County Release Proposed Budgets for Fiscal 2008-2009

It's budget time in Los Angeles. Bean counters for the City and the County made their proposals for the coming fiscal year Monday. We have two reports: KPCC's Brian Watt begins with a focus on the county, followed by Frnak Stolze with a look at the city.

L.A. City and County Release Proposed Budgets for Fiscal 2008-2009

It's budget time in Los Angeles. Bean counters for the City and the County made their proposals for the coming fiscal year Monday. We have two reports: KPCC's Brian Watt begins with a focus on the county, followed by Frank Stolze with a look at the city.

American Cancellations Cause Delays for Passengers at LAX

American Airlines plans to ground hundreds of flights for inspection. It's the fourth day in a row of safety inspections and passenger headaches. KPCC's Brian Watt has more on the 15 departures scratched Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport.