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

Ezell Ford: Ruling, reaction to police shooting shows why LA isn't Ferguson

An LA police commission ruling in the shooting of an unarmed mentally ill black man was a mixed finding, and the muted reaction to it underscores how LA differs from other cities.

Locals share photos of 'tar balls' along coast

Long Beach was the latest in a series of Southern California communities to have a mysterious petroleum substance wash ashore in the form of "tar balls" and "tar patties."

Dodgers TV to air on Charter starting Tuesday

The news comes a little more than a week after it was announced Charter was buying Time Warner Cable, the only major pay-TV provider that carried the 24/7 Dodgers network.

Southern California gets first 'reverse' spring in nearly 100 years

Normally, May is hotter than April, April hotter than March, but in many locations around Southern California, we had a cooling trend the deeper we got into spring, according to the weather service.

Fuel tank to join Endeavour down LA streets

The California Science Center has acquired one of the giant orange external fuel tanks the shuttles once rode piggy-back into space, and it will be traversing surface streets to get there.

LA-area beaches closed by mysterious oil globs

Beaches from the El Segundo jetty south to Redondo Beach are closed Thursday as crews clean up the mess.

LA County awarded $150,000 grant to reduce jail population

The awards are part of the MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge, a $75 million initiative to reduce over-incarceration through innovation and reform.

LA Football Club: Expansion soccer team plans $250 million stadium

The stadium would be situated near downtown Los Angeles in a 15-acre complex that would also include a conference center, restaurants and a soccer museum.

Amgen bike tour hits SoCal this weekend; how to watch

The Amgen Bike Tour of California is scheduled to roll through the Inland Empire on Saturday before finishing in Pasadena Sunday. You can watch in person, or use the app to take the race with you.

Tanaka, Carey plead not guilty to obstruction of justice charges

Paul Tanaka, who once ran operations at the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, "perpetuated a gang-like mentality among some in rank and file," an FBI official said.

Burns, Flanders actor Harry Shearer to leave 'The Simpsons'

The actor made the announcement via Twitter, hinting at a breakdown in contract negotiations. Showrunner Al Jean says the characters will not be killed off.

Horseback pursuit beating: SB Sheriff's Dept. releases deputies' names

The San Bernardino Sheriff's Department has released the names of 10 deputies allegedly involved in the beating, captured in TV news footage, of a suspect who appeared to have surrendered last month.

California controller to audit City of Industry

Former mayor David Perez has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks over lucrative contracts he and his family held with the city over the past 20 years.

LA sues Wells Fargo over unauthorized customer accounts

According to L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer's office, the bank imposed unrealistic sales quotas that drove its employees to open fee-generating accounts without customers' permission.

Apple Watch debut: 8 things to know about the newest smart watch

The Apple Watch is available as of Friday. Here's how to get your hands on one, the games you can play, why you might not really like it, and more.