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

OC mayors have picked a new, remote site to shelter evicted homeless

Homeless advocates had criticized similar proposed sites, raising concerns about access to services, transportation and jobs, since the goal is to move as many people as possible off the the streets permanently.

Pasadena police chief retires amid ongoing scrutiny of the department

The department has come under scrutiny in recent years amid heightened protests over police violence against young black men.

SoCal has had at least 10 school shooting threats this week

Seven people have been arrested in the incidents, including one man who had two assault rifles and nearly 100 high-capacity magazines.

LA Times sold to local billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong

The L.A.-based physician spent $500 million for the newspaper, ending its rocky relationship with parent company Tronc, which owns the Chicago Tribune.

How to navigate LA Metro's Green Line as 5 stations close for months

Westside commuters who use Metro's Green Line should prepare for a protracted headache. The transit agency will close the five westernmost stations for 71 days beginning at 9 p.m. Friday.

Murder charge filed in college student's killing

A complaint filed in Orange County Superior Court Wednesday morning alleges 20-year-old Samuel Woodward used a knife to kill 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein.

Mother of Perris children shackled to beds 'perplexed' by deputies' visit

Deputies checking on the home of David and Louise Turpin found at least three children chained and padlocked to their beds in "dark and foul-smelling surroundings," according to sheriff's officials.

Thomas Fire fully contained, as firefighting costs set new record

The Thomas Fire burned through more than 440 square miles and left several communities vulnerable to the mudslides that would ultimately hit earlier this week.

SoCal storm triggers mudslides, killing at least 15 and destroying homes

There were also at least 25 injured, with thousands still under evacuation orders. In Burbank, the storm overflowed a storm basin Tuesday afternoon, sending mud flowing through.

LA boxing coach arrested on charges of child molestation

Paul Gonzales, an Olympic gold medalist and the head coach at an East L.A. gym, faces four felony counts of lewd acts upon a child.

Thomas Fire grows to more than 400 square miles

The fire has raged for 11 days in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, destroying at least 700 homes, forcing thousands to evacuate and killing a firefighter.

California has had a monster wildfire every year for the past 6 years

Nearly three-quarters of the state's worst fires have happened since 2000. Experts blame forest management techniques, home construction in wilderness and climate change.

Skirball Fire sparked by an illegal cooking fire

The brush fire that destroyed homes in Bel Air was ignited at an encampment along Sepulveda Boulevard where the street passes under the 405 Freeway, fire officials said Tuesday.

Those impacted by Skirball, Rye, Creek fires can get help here

The center in Lake View Terrace is intended to be "a one-stop shop" for residents and business owners affected by the recent wildfires.

Skirball Fire grows to 475 acres, 5 percent containment

At least 15 structures have been damaged or destroyed since the fire began early Wednesday morning. LAFD estimates that 46,000 people are being affected.