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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

Financial Experts Advise Bank Customers to Diversify

Since federal regulators took over their operations, most IndyMac banks have attended to long lines of waiting customers. Most people in those lines wanted their money, even if they hadn't figured out what to do after they withdrew it. KPCC's Brian Watt went looking for guidance.

AFTRA Members Ratify Contract with Studios

Members of the American Federation of TV and Radio Artists (AFTRA) have ratified a three-year contract. The other actors' union, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), had urged AFTRA members to vote down the contract. SAG is negotiating its own contract with movie and TV producers. KPCC Morning Edition host Steve Julian spoke with AFTRA's president Roberta Reardon and KPCC's Brian Watt about the ratification vote and the SAG negotiations.

AFTRA Members Ratify Contract with Studios

Members of the American Federation of TV and Radio Artists (AFTRA) have ratified a three-year contract. The other actors' union, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), had urged AFTRA members to vote down the contract. SAG is negotiating its own contract with movie and TV producers. KPCC Morning Edition host Steve Julian spoke with AFTRA's president Roberta Reardon and KPCC's Brian Watt about the ratification vote and the SAG negotiations.

AFTRA's Leaders Defend Contract Ratification Vote

Members of American Federation of Television and Radio Artists signed off on their new three-year contract Tuesday. With AFTRA buttoned up, KPCC's Brian Watt says all that's left now is a deal with the tough-talking Screen Actors Guild.

Decision Time for Members of AFTRA

A big decision is due Tuesday for members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. They're voting on a tentative contract agreement that AFTRA negotiators reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. More than half of AFTRA's members are also members of the Screen Actors Guild. And SAG's Hollywood leaders have campaigned to convince the joint cardholders to vote the AFTRA contract down. KPCC's Brian Watt checked in with some actors caught in the middle.

SAG Processes "Final" Offer From AMPTP

In contract talks for film and TV actors, the ball's in SAG's court right now. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, or AMPTP, has presented what it calls a final contract offer to the Screen Actors Guild. SAG's negotiators are looking it over before the two sides meet Wednesday afternoon. KPCC's Brian Watt reports.

Actors' Contracts Set to Expire

When the clock strikes 12 Monday, the contracts between film and television studios and the two actors unions are set to expire. An immediate strike or lock-out is unlikely. But the 44,000 people who belong to AFTRA and SAG find themselves caught between the two. KPCC's Brian Watt explains.

SAG Criticizes Studios' Contract Proposal

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) has accused film and television studios of offering the Guild a contract worth less than the tentative deal they've already struck with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). KPCC's Brian Watt has more on the tussle.

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.