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

KKK propaganda on MLK Day sparks investigation in Santa Ana

A flier reportedly calling Martin Luther King Jr. a "communist pervert" and urging residents not to commemorate his birthday was delivered to about 40 homes in Santa Ana Monday.

Pope to canonize California missionary Junípero Serra

Serra is credited with bringing Christianity to the United States' West and established many of the Spanish missions in California.

Oscars 2015: 'Birdman,' 'Budapest' lead; nominations least diverse since 1998

There is not a single person of color among the 20 people nominated for lead and supporting actor and actress, a lack of diversity that is reflected in the filmmaking nominations, as well. See the full list of winners, watch the Best Picture trailers and more.

Newport Beach to bring back wood-burning fire rings

The Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday night voted 5-2 to approve a plan that would immediately allow wood-burning in at least 15 beach fire rings.

Attorney General Kamala Harris announces bid for US Senate

California Attorney General Kamala Harris said via her website Tuesday that she's running to replace Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate.

Mercury Insurance ordered to pay $27.5M for 'unapproved fees'

The state insurance commissioner on Monday said the Mercury agents collected about the same amount in unapproved fees from consumers between 1999 and 2004.

US Central Command's Twitter site hacked under name of ISIS

The site was filled with threats against military personnel, including one that said "American soldiers, we are coming, watch your back."

Rose Parade 2015: First campers, decorators brave wind and cold

At least one group of float decorators had to call it quits early Tuesday night as high winds made it tough to work. Meanwhile, the first campers staked their claims for prime parade viewing.

Officer kills armed 18-year-old near Ferguson (updated)

Protests over a police killing have returned to the St. Louis area, after a Berkeley, Mo., police officer shot and killed an armed 18-year-old black man.

First flu-related death of season confirmed in LA County

Flu activity in L.A. County has shown an increase within the last few weeks and could continue to increase as the season continues, according to county health officials.

Sony hack: Obama pledges proportional response; insiders speak out

Employees at Sony learned they'd been victims of a massive hacking operation and the news keeps getting worse. One employee tells KPCC, "We've been outsmarted at every move."

Sony hack: Google speaks out against MPAA efforts revealed in hack

Google spoke out Thursday against efforts the MPAA was reportedly involved in trying to push an approach to combating piracy — and, as part of that, attacking Google.

Alleged DUI driver slams into churchgoers in Redondo Beach, killing 3

A suspected drunk driver slammed into a group of more than a dozen people leaving a Christmas pageant in Redondo Beach on Wednesday.

Minimum wage: 2 hotel industry groups sue LA over increase

A city ordinance passed in October raised the minimum hourly wage for hotel workers to $15.37. Hotel industry groups say the city is interfering with the collective bargaining process.

Storm on its way to SoCal; mandatory evacuations at 10 pm

An intense winter storm has pummeled the Bay Area on its way to Southern California, knocking out power, causing flight delays and prompting schools and local businesses to close.