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

Election 2014 FAQ: Prop 47 — criminal sentencing

Proposition 47 is an initiative statute placed on the ballot by voter petition. It is also referred to as the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act.

Election 2014 FAQ: Prop 2 — state budget and rainy day fund

Proposition 2 is a constitutional amendment put on the ballot by the California legislature to change the rules governing the state's rainy day fund.

Election 2014 FAQ: Prop 45 — health insurance rate changes

Proposition 45 is an initiative statute placed on the ballot by voter petition. It is also referred to as the Insurance Rate Public Justification and Accountability Act.

Murrieta mayor arrested on DUI charge after 4 teens hurt in crash

The accident comes just weeks before Murrieta Mayor Alan Long is up for reelection on the city council.

Chefs Center GM, wife killed in Pasadena stabbing, police say

Lawrence Bressler, 50, and Denise K. Bressler, 64, were repeatedly stabbed inside the apartment they shared with Bressler's cousin, according to police.

LA rain? Cooler weather with chance of showers in forecast

Temperatures are expected to cool into the 70s Tuesday across Southern California, and a slight chance of rain will extend into Wednesday morning, according to the weather service.

Introducing the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

President Barack Obama on Friday signed an executive proclamation setting aside land in the San Gabriel Mountains. See a map of the designated area.

Young Taliban attack survivor Malala reacts to news she won Nobel Peace Prize

By honoring a 17-year-old Muslim girl from Pakistan and a 60-year-old Hindu man from India, the Nobel Committee highlighted religious and political conflicts and drew attention to children's rights.

Teen drivers FAQ: What are the rules in California?

In the wake of a horrific traffic accident in Irvine involving teens over the weekend, we review the rules governing teen drivers in California.

Heat wave continues into weekend as more records fall

The fire weather conditions were expected to continue at least until Friday with triple-digit heat expected into the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Wife of slain Bell Gardens mayor victim of abuse, lawyer says

The attorney for Lyvette Crespo made direct comparisons between slain Bell Gardens mayor Daniel Crespo and a pair of NFL players caught up recently in domestic violence cases.

Fire weather returns as red flag warning goes into effect

High heat, extremely low humidity and wind gusts reaching up to 40 mph to 50 mph were expected to create a high risk of wildfires, according to the National Weather Service.

2 Compton schools named National Blue Ribbon award winners

Jefferson and Tibby elementary schools, part of the Compton Unified School District, were recognized as Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools.

New Santa Ana wind prediction tool could help alert residents to wildfires

The Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index, announced Wednesday, will classify the fire threat potential of the notoriously hot, dry and strong "devil wind" so familiar to area residents.

Heat wave: LA hits record energy demand; Edison offers cash to conserve

With triple-digit heat across Southern California, many residents were without power, and one utility company was offering customers cash to save energy during peak hours.