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

LAPD chief defends officers in fatal shootings: 'nothing else they could do'

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck tells AirTalk why he backed officers involved in two recent fatal police shootings that the police commission later ruled were unjustified.

Americans wasted more than $2.1 billion on premium gas last year

If your car manufacturer doesn’t recommend using higher octane gas, then you’re probably wasting your money. Here's why.

LA Coliseum’s ex-events manager sentenced in embezzlement case

Todd DeStefano, 43, last month pleaded no contest to a felony conflict of interest charge for allegedly diverting Coliseum event funds to his own company.

Man who stole officer's car dies while being detained in San Gabriel

Homicide detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are investigating the death of the man, whose identity has not been released.

Airbnb rolls out new strategy to combat discrimination

The company is rolling out a new non-discrimination policy and said it will offer more assistance for those who say they have faced discrimination from hosts, among other changes.

Lynwood moves to permit marijuana cultivation

On a 3–2 vote, the City Council approved on first reading an ordinance that would regulate businesses that grow and manufacture medical cannabis within city limits.

USC vs. UCLA at the Rio Olympics

The crosstown rivalry continues as we rack up Olympians in Rio by university affiliation. Which school's athletes are bringing home more medals? We've done the math.

Blue Cut Fire, largely uncontained, burns toward Wrightwood

A wildfire burning out of control in the mountainous Cajon Pass was heading toward the community of Wrightwood Tuesday, U.S. Forest officials said.

Whatever happened to that plan for an Atwater-Griffith Park bike bridge?

The nonprofit River LA first took on design and construction of a horse and bike bridge to connect Griffith Park and Atwater Village more than five years ago.

Obama cuts sentences for 10 Californians — all drug offenders

In an act of clemency of near historic proportions Wednesday, the president cut the sentences of 214 federal prisoners. Ten were from California, and half of those were serving life in prison.

91 Freeway to close nightly for construction this week

Each night this week, all lanes in at least one direction will be shut down at Maple Street as part of the 91 Project. See a map of closures and suggested detours.

Soylent CEO faces criminal charges over Montecito Heights 'eyesore'

Robert Rhinehart, whose powdered drink is intended as a meal substitute, has been charged with grading and building without permits on a hillside property in Montecito Heights.

Tensions at Democratic convention still high with some Sanders supporters

One Sanders supporter described incidents including food allegedly being thrown at another Sanders backer, as well as another allegedly being pushed down stairs.

Flex Alert issued for California amid sweltering heat wave

California has extended its statewide alert, asking consumers to conserve energy through Thursday amid the sweltering heat wave in Southern California.

Southwest says systems online but more flights canceled

As of early Thursday, more than 220 flights had been canceled nationwide, and the company was urging travelers to get to the airport early to make time for long lines.