Brian Frank

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Brian Frank is a Digital News Producer for LAist/KPCC and leads special projects for the station. 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

Long Beach power outage continues third day in a row

Nearly 3,500 customers remained without power Friday after utility crews who worked to restore power to downtown Long Beach overnight were unsuccessful.

Man with knife who was shot by LAPD officer in Venice dies

Jason Davis, 41, was shot by officers responding to a call for "disorderly suspect armed with a knife" outside a Venice coffee shop on Monday. On Thursday, police confirmed he had died.

Bacteria could offer new treatment for pancreatic cancer

A new study suggests that modified salmonella bacteria can target tumors that are highly resistant to other forms of treatment in a deadly form of pancreatic cancer.

Ale Flint confirmed as new head of Los Angeles airports authority

In her new role, the Oakland airport executive will lead the city authority that oversees Los Angeles International, Ontario International and Van Nuys airports.

LA among cities to receive $1M Bloomberg public arts grants

Mayor Eric Garcetti responded with a video message saying the money would go toward bringing public art to the Los Angeles River.

Charleston church shooting: Suspect arrested; coroner IDs victims

While he gave no further details on the shooting itself, Obama on Thursday expressed deep frustration with the frequency of tragedies brought about by someone "who had no trouble getting their hands on a gun."

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.