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

Ashley Judd takes trolls to task, and the Internet reacts

The actress's decision to press charges over tweets that contained abusive and sexually threatening language has tapped a nerve online.

Phillip Washington, Denver transit chief, to become Metro's new CEO

Phillip Washington, CEO of Denver’s Regional Transportation District since 2009, has been picked to oversee the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Tornek, Robinson head to runoff in Pasadena mayor's race

Whoever wins in the April general election will become Pasadena's first new mayor in 16 years. The current mayor, Bill Bogaard, announced last fall he would not seek a record fifth term.

Obamajam: President in LA for TV show, fundraiser; how to avoid the traffic

The president will arrive Thursday to tape an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and attend a Democratic National Committee fundraiser before staying the night and departing Friday.

LADWP's botched billing rollout leads to $681M in uncollected debt

Because of problems with the utility's new billing system, the amount customers owe for past-due bills swelled by $245 million from July 2013 to $681 million in November 2014, an audit finds.

Anaheim police shoot, kill stabbing suspect

Monique Jenee Deckard, 43, reportedly stabbed a female patron at a laundromat. Police said the family was aware she was mentally unstable and called them to check up on her hours earlier.

LAX runway closures could mean delays for the next 3 years

A runway on the south side of Los Angeles International Airport was shut down Friday, the first of four closures planned between now and 2018.

LA, police union reach tentative agreement

The new 4-year contract must now be approved by the union membership and the full City Council.

Americans spent $58 billion to pamper, protect pets in 2014

A trade group's annual report on the pet industry says Americans' spending included $22 billion on food and $15 billion on veterinary care, but the fastest-growing category was for "other services" — like pet spas.

Elections 2015: LA voters approve charter amendments, city council newbies

Two measures that would shift the timing of local elections received more than 76 percent voter approval on Tuesday night.

Pockets of rain, lighting along SoCal coast; PCH reopens

The late-season blast brought heavy showers late Sunday. Areas of Malibu and southern Ventura County reported nearly two inches of rain in a 24-hour period.

Torrance refinery explosion: Exxon Mobil identifies source of dust

The company said the material as a catalyst that is primarily composed of metal oxides and amorphous silica and said that it could cause irritation to the skin, eyes and throat.

Isla Vista shooting: Elliot Rodger sought ways to silently kill

A report released Thursday details how 22-year-old Elliot Rodger stabbed his first victims before embarking on a shooting rampage that left three more dead and 14 injured.

Refinery explosion: As investigation continues, will gas prices be affected?

Some industry observers speculate a shutdown at the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance could lead to increases at the pump.

Janice Hahn announces run for LA County Board of Supervisors

The California Congresswoman and former L.A. city councilwoman's Facebook page was updated Wednesday morning with a campaign banner for the supervisor's race.