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

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.

KPCC's 2015 Election Guide: Compare the candidates in the May LA runoff

See who’s appearing on the ticket on May 19, and find out more about the candidates running for office using KPCC's tool for comparing candidates.

Actors Equity eliminates 99-seat theater plan against membership vote

In many cases, actors no longer will be allowed to volunteer their time rehearsing and performing a play in a theater with 99 or fewer seats.

Election 2015: Tornek elected first new Pasadena mayor in 16 years

Real estate developer and former city planner Terry Tornek garnered 55.5 percent of the vote in Tuesday's election, edging out former city Councilwoman Jacque Robinson.

Pulitzer Prizes: LA Times, Daily Breeze honored

The Los Angeles Times took home two awards, while reporters at the smaller, Torrance-based Daily Breeze took home one for local reporting.

Pasadena general elections: Candidate comparisons

See who’s appearing on the ticket on April 21, and find out more about the candidates running for office.

Highway Fire: Unattended cooking fire identified as cause

The Highway Fire near the Prado Dam area of Chino at one point threatened 200 homes, though officials lifted evacuation orders late Sunday.

#SaveTheDropLA: City offers rebates, freebies to encourage water savings

The mayor on Thursday announced a campaign to encourage Angelenos to save more water. Incentives include rebates on rain barrels and washing machines, free showerheads and more.

River Bottom Fire: Evacuations lifted; fire burns 185 acres

The River Bottom Fire was expected to continue to burn heavily on Wednesday, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

Dudamel extends contract with LA Phil through 2022

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association Board made the announcement from Tokyo during the orchestra's first tour of Asia under Gustavo Dudamel.