Brian Frank Digital News Producer

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Brian Frank is a Digital News Producer for KPCC. Before joining Southern California Public Radio in 2013, he was web editor for SoCal Connected, the award-winning TV newsmagazine at KCET in Los Angeles.

Brian also served as editor of USC's Online Journalism Review and worked as a consultant to graduate fellows of the school's News21 program, part of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education. He obtained his master's degree from USC's Annenberg School.

He has written for print, radio, television and web, and he dabbles in code. But before all that, he was teaching English in a tiny seaside town in Japan and overseeing a program for at-risk youth on the edge of the Alaskan bush.


Stories by Brian Frank

Culver City student ties for 7th in National Spelling Bee

Cooper Komatsu, 13, had his first misspelling in the ninth round of the finals. Check back for final results and try your own word power with a sample test.

2 SoCal students head to finals in national spelling bee

Cooper Komatsu, 13, a student at Culver City Middle School, and Aisha Randhawa, 10, a student at Garretson Elementary School in Corona, will be among 45 finalists taking the stage Thursday morning.

Meet the 10 SoCal kids in the National Spelling Bee

See the full list of contestants from Southern California and find out if you would have what it takes to compete with an interactive spelling and vocabulary test.

Expo Line extension opens Friday — here's what you should know

Service on the Expo Line light rail extension starts at noon Friday, and whether you’re a seasoned rider or a Metro newbie, we have a rundown of the key things you’ll want to know.

3 arrested after shooting at San Bernardino police

Officers returned fire Thursday after three people shot at their unmarked vehicle. No officers were hurt, but a 17-year-old suspect was hit by police fire.

SpaceX nabs $83M military contract

The Air Force said it has awarded its first competitive national security launch in more than a decade to SpaceX, putting the Hawthorne-based private rocket company in distinguished company.

Ex-LAPD chief Willie Williams has died

Williams was the first African-American police chief in both Philadelphia and Los Angeles. He took over from LAPD Chief Daryl Gates following the 1992 riots.

Bear sightings? Yes, there will be more

As alarming as it can be to watch TV news footage of police bearing down on an ursine suspect actively evading arrest, this is all very normal, wildlife officials say.

LA may be a 'no-kill' city by 2017

City officials say their animal shelters have maintained an 84.3 percent overall live save rate so far this year. The target for "no kill" status is 90 percent.

DA to retry ex-LA Councilman Richard Alarcon for voting fraud

Richard Alarcon and his wife were convicted in 2014 of fraudulent voting and perjury, but an appeals court overturned the conviction in January.

LAPD not justified in killing homeless man

Police Chief Charlie Beck had already recommended criminal charges for the officer who fatally shot 29-year-old Brendon Glenn. The Police Commission agreed with him.

Report: California traffic courts hit poor, minorities hardest

A new report finds that blacks, Latinos and the poor are far more likely than middle-income whites to end up arrested and jailed for driving on a suspended license.

Get ready to shell out for Rams season tickets

They'll cost from $360 to $2,025 — but they're only available to the 56,000 fans who have already put down deposits.

Latino economic power on the rise in LA County, study says

Latinos account for 48 percent of the county's population, and more than a quarter of Latino households now bring in between $100,000 and $200,000 a year.

It's a 'Hard Knocks' life for the LA Rams on HBO

The 11th season of the NFL reality show will follow the Rams on their road to returning to L.A., taking viewers inside training camp — without the potential injuries.