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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

Toyota dealers scramble to respond to customers after company suspends vehicle sales

A potentially faulty gas pedal has prompted Toyota to stop the sale of eight popular models. That's left Southland Toyota dealers with a lot of cars they can’t sell, and a lot of concerned customers.

Reactions to resignation of Inglewood Mayor Roosevelt Dorn vary

City of Inglewood officials are figuring out what to do now that Mayor Roosevelt Dorn has resigned. Dorn pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor conflict-of-interest charge on the same day jury selection in his trial was to begin.

Alleged kidnapper and murderer of Lily Burk to stand trial

A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge has ordered Charlie Samuel to stand trial. Samuel is charged in the abduction and murder of 17-year-old Lily Burk last summer. More on the story from KPCC's Brian Watt.

Auditions for Oscar show dancers draws fleet-footed crowd

The producers of the 82nd Academy Awards show hosted an open audition for dancers Friday. The cold rain didn't deter a few hundred professional dancers from lining up for their chance.

Heavy rains do damage at Cal State Long Beach

The heavy rains of the week have pounded Long Beach, and since Tuesday, the campus of California State University Long Beach has been dealing with the fallout. Officials closed the campus on Wednesday afternoon and it has remained closed Thursday.

LA airport police official withdraws name from consideration for top TSA job

Erroll Southers is keeping his current job for a while. Southers is the assistant chief of the Los Angeles Airport Police Department and was President Obama’s choice to head the federal Transportation Security Administration. But Southers withdrew his name from consideration Wednesday morning.

A Russian transplant enacts a ritual on the beach in Santa Monica

In Russia, believers in the Russian Orthodox Church marked Epiphany Tuesday by taking a dip in icy waters to commemorate the baptism of Christ. As storm clouds hovered over the beach in Santa Monica, professional boxer Khabir Suleymanov of Siberia participated in the ritual from afar.

Kingdom Day Parade float promotes African American organ, tissue donation in LA

The 25th Kingdom Day Parade begins Monday morning at 10:15 in South Los Angeles. Among the 300-plus entries set to proceed along Martin Luther King and Crenshaw boulevards is a float from Donate Life California. The float is part of an outreach campaign that has helped organ and tissue donation gain acceptance among African Americans in the Southland.

Film and TV shoots in LA locations dropped again in 2009

A new report from FilmL.A. says the number of film, television, and commercial shoots in Los Angeles locations fell again last year.

Lane Kiffin returns as head coach of USC Trojans football team

Thirty-four-year-old Lane Kiffin came back to Los Angeles on Wednesday to become the new head football coach of the USC Trojans.

Audit finds Los Angeles' Neighborhood Councils need stricter fiscal oversight

The city of Los Angeles administers 89 Neighborhood Councils. Each receives about 45-thousand dollars a year for outreach, local projects, and operating expenses. But the city has never formally assessed the way the neighborhood councils spend that money. A new audit from the city controller's office recommends closer monitoring.

Los Angeles City Council votes to study idea of Film Commission

Imagine the city so many people call Tinseltown or Hollywood needing to sell itself as an ideal place to roll cameras. The Los Angeles City Council has voted to study the idea of a Los Angeles Film Commission.

New contract keeps Foothill Transit buses rolling

A labor dispute came close to disrupting service on a number of Foothill Transit routes, but the agency's buses are rolling on a normal schedule.

Ohio State Marching Band takes traditions to Rose Bowl

Before the battle on the football field at the Rose Bowl, there was the battle of the bands on the boulevards of Pasadena.

Rose Parade crowd heads to football game

The 121st Tournament of Rose Parade has ended. Now the crowds in Pasadena are turning their sites on the football game. (Audio: KPCC's Brian Watt joins us live from the parking lot of the Rose Bowl.)