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

South LA assemblyman sued over 'dirty' campaign flyer

The suit alleges that Gipson's false and misleading campaign tactics caused "great damage to Prophet Walker's public standing and prospects for employment."

Irvine-based company buys massive downtown LA site for $130M

SunCal, a developer of master-planned communities, on Tuesday closed a deal for an Arts District property the size of 11 football fields.

Boeing's 'force field': The newest idea in IED defense; here are 6 more

Boeing got the attention of a lot of tech blogs Monday when it was discovered the aerospace company had patented what looks to be a science fiction-inspired force field.

Drought quiz: Saving water may be trickier than you think

With California facing one of the worst droughts ever, we're all thinking about how to save water. But you may not be doing the right thing.

LA County fire cheating: Some could be fired over test breaches, chief says

A county audit in February substantiated claims that test materials were being circulated among staff via email and, in some cases, passed along to potential applicants.

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.