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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

Jamiel Shaw's Death Leaves Void on L.A. High School Football Team

The Romans of Los Angeles High School take to the football field tonight for a scrimmage at Taft High in Woodland Hills. Seven months ago, Los Angeles High's star running back, Jamiel Shaw, died in a shooting three doors from his South Los Angeles home. KPCC's Brian Watt visited the team as it prepared for the coming season without Shaw.

Inglewood P.D. Places Eight On Leave After Officer-Involved Shooting

Seven officers and a field sergeant are on administrative leave from the Inglewood Police Department. They were involved in last weekend’s fatal shooting of a homeless man. More on the story from KPCC's Brian Watt.

Santa Monica Beach Offers History Lesson on African American Beachgoers

KPCC's Brian Watt's been on vacation. On a beach somewhere. But not long ago, he discovered that the closest beach to his home harbors some history.

Judge Orders Expo Line Backers to Remove Street Level Crossing

L.A. Metro's proposed Expo Line hit a speed bump yesterday. At a hearing of the California Public Utilities Commission, a judge ordered the light rail line's builders to take the design of one street crossing "off the table." More on the story from KPCC's Brian Watt.

Lots of Celebrations Planned for One Lucky Day

There's a reason Chinese officials chose to begin the Olympic Games on the eighth day of the eighth month of the eighth year of the century. For billions of people, including Asian-Americans in the Southland, eight is a very lucky number. KPCC's Brian Watt checked in yesterday on last-minute preparations for a lot of celebrations.

Philippe's celebrates 100 years in business

Hundreds if not thousands of people waited outside Philippe's in downtown Los Angeles on Monday. The home of the original French Dip celebrated its 100th birthday by offering the sandwich for its original price: ten cents. KPCC's Brian Watt spoke with a few of the participants in this milestone of Los Angeles history.

Prosecutors Make Arrests in Scheme to Use Homeless to Defraud Medicare, Medi-Cal

Local and federal prosecutors want to take down what they say is a network of hospitals, doctors, ambulance companies, and others that have used homeless people to bilk Medi-Cal and Medicare out of millions of dollars. KPCC's Brian Watt has more on the story.

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.