Brian Watt Business and Economics Reporter

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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

Mall Santa sets crack down on DIY cell-phone photos

Kids have been photographed on Santa's lap at shopping malls for decades, but in the age of cell phone cameras, parents who snap their own sometime find malls aren't happy about it.

Hollywood pumps billions into US art and culture economy

The National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis issue a new report on the contributions of arts and culture to economic growth.

UCLA Anderson Forecast: California's economic divide is widening

The latest UCLA Anderson Forecast says that California's unemployment rate will fall to 8.2 percent next year, but the jobs gap between coastal and inland regions is growing.

Can California fast food restaurants pay $15 per hour?

The potenital business consequences of paying fast-food workers a higher wage

Hawaiian Gardens places big bet on redeveloped casino

The city of Hawaiian Gardens welcomed Governor Jerry Brown for the groundbreaking ceremony for the redevelopment of its casino.

Video: Obama speaks at DreamWorks, talks US culture's world influence

President Barack Obama says thanks to television and movies, the rest of the world has had a front-row seat for America's march toward progress. Watch the video here.

What's in Google and Intel 'pop up' stores in LA?

Tech firms joining the pop-up act: Intel's "experience store" on Venice's Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Google's "Winter Wonderlab" in the Westfield Topanga mall.

LA Auto Show 2013: Are 'smart' cars driving us to distraction?

New model cars are increasingly full of high tech devices, but is it making them safer? Automakers balance innovation with the need to confront distracted driving.

Unemployment rate drops in LA County and statewide

Since October of last year, the Los Angeles County labor market added 56,600 jobs. Nearly a third came in the leisure and hospitality sector.

LA Auto Show 2013: New car apps that bark, predict, navigate

In a "fast pitch" event, entrepreneurs competed before a panel of judges to pitch new auto apps, such as one that "barks" if drivers try to use their cells while driving.

Truckers picket three port of LA and Long Beach companies

The Teamsters union has been trying to organize truck drivers at the nation's ports for years. Local trucking companies and drivers each accuse each other of intimidation.

Foreclosure decline continues in Riverside-San Bernardino

During the housing crisis, the Riverside-San Bernardino area had one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country, but filings have steadily fallen over a two-year period.

Hollywood conference focuses on saving local film and TV jobs

At the second State of the Entertainment Industry Conference, business people, elected officials, trade union representatives and studio executives discussed how to save local production jobs.

A week of indie film deal-making at American Film Market in Santa Monica

The 34th American Film Market is drawing film producers, distributors, buyers and sellers from around the world for seven days of deal-making around a wide range of films.

Jobs report shows growth in key SoCal industries

Despite federal furloughs during the partial government shutdown, the private sector added 204,000 jobs nationwide in October -- many in key sectors of the SoCal economy.