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

DWP overbilling settlement gets conditional approval from judge

The L.A. Department of Water and Power's new system led to customers being overbilled for late payment charges, calculation errors and other problems.

Ex-CHP officer in video of freeway beating won't face charges

The video showed CHP Officer Daniel Andrew straddling 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock, repeatedly punching her while she was on the ground in July 2014.

Black Friday: Holiday sales expected to rise despite tight budgets

By some estimates, Southern California shoppers are expected to buy only slightly more gifts than they did last year, and they'll be making fewer purchases for themselves.

City attorney targets 2 South LA properties with gang lawsuit

The City Attorney's Office said Monday it had filed lawsuits against the owners of both properties in response to an uptick in violence and criminal activity over the past year.

LADWP turf rebate program 'largely a gimmick,' audit finds

An audit from the city controller's office finds the program isn't cost effective and falls short on fairness and cost effectiveness.

Pasadena begins implementing changes to prevent embezzlement

The changes follow three separate audits the city launched when it discovered an employee had embezzled more than $6 million over 11 years.

Joe's Crab Shack considers no-tipping policy

The new policy is being piloted at locations around the U.S. and is intended to benefit servers, hosts and bartenders, in addition to guests.

Ken Burns to be grand marshal of Pasadena's 2016 Rose Parade

Burns, 62, has won or been nominated for numerous awards for his signature documentaries, many of them focused on subjects from U.S. history.

SeaWorld to phase out killer whale shows in 2016

The decision to phase out the One Ocean show was based on customer feedback at the San Diego park, according to Joel Manby, president and CEO of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.

Escaped Kern County Sheriff's deputy wanted on drug, weapon charges

Edward Tucker was awaiting transport in the back seat of a patrol car when he somehow managed to escape and flee on foot, sheriff's officials said Wednesday.

One of SoCal's tallest waterfalls partially closed for a year

Between five and 10 acres of San Bernardino National Forest's Upper Big Falls will remain closed as officials look for ways to reduce the number of injuries and rescues.

Hurricane Patricia: Here's how you can help

Hurricane Patricia has become the strongest hurricane ever recorded for the eastern north Pacific Ocean and has the potential to do catastrophic damage. Here's how you can help.

UC Davis maps farmland that can 'bank' groundwater in El Niño

A UC Davis team has created an interactive map that pinpoints exactly which pieces of farmland could absorb some of the rainfall expected in this year's El Niño.

Pasadena to discuss minimum wage increase

Pasadena city leaders on Wednesday evening will hold the first of a pair of public discussions on a possible minimum wage increase.

LA County Metro urges riders to report sexual harassment

Metro published new survey numbers in August that showed only a slight dip in the number of sexual harassment incidents reported on its trains and buses.