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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

Commerce Resident Leads U.S. Women's Water Polo Team

For the eight years that women's water polo has been an Olympic event, Brenda Villa has splashed and scored for the U.S. team. She led the team to a silver medal in Sydney, and a bronze in Athens. In Beijing, Villa now the team captain, is looking for the missing medal. KPCC's Brian Watt has this profile of the water polo powerhouse from the City of Commerce.

Plane Makes Emergency Landing at LAX

An American Airlines jetliner bound for Hawaii had to return to L.A. International Airport for an emergency landing Tuesday morning. KPCC's Brian Watt was at LAX when it happened.

Neighbors Saddened, Worried After Deputy's Fatal Shooting

Authorities continue to investigate the fatal shooting of L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy Juan Abel Escalante early Saturday. KPCC's Brian Watt visited the makeshift memorial to Escalante near his parents' house in Cypress Park.

Seismologists Say 5.4 Earthquake a Wake-Up Call

No deaths so far from the earthquake. No major damage to infrastructure. But KPCC's Brian Watt spoke with seismologists who say the quake is a wakeup call.

Inglewood City Council Hears from Community on Officer Shooting

The Inglewood City Council cleared its regular meeting agenda last night to hear from the public on one emotional topic: the shooting death of Kevin Wicks by an Inglewood police officer. The 38-year-old postal clerk was fatally wounded at his apartment early Monday. The officers came to his door in response to a domestic disturbance call. They say he had a gun and raised it at officers. KPCC's Brian Watt says many in Inglewood blame the police chief for the city's third fatal police shooting in three months.

Four Days Later, IndyMac Customers Are Confused and Frustrated

We're now almost a week into the IndyMac bank collapse. But at the branch in Santa Monica, the panic that buzzed through long lines of customers earlier in the week has passed. KPCC's Brian Watt stopped by there today to discover panic has been replaced by confusion and frustration.

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.