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

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.

2015 LA Primary Election Guide: City council, LAUSD board candidates, more

See who’s appearing on the ballot on March 3 and find out more about the candidates running in your district.

Hollyhock House nominated for World Heritage List

The iconic spot in East Hollywood is among 10 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed sites that, if approved, would join the ranks of the Sydney Opera House and the Egyptian pyramids.

Police K9 killed, suspect shot after standoff

The San Jacinto Police K9 was shot while searching for a suspect, who was himself later killed after a standoff with law enforcement officers.

Los Angeles moves to ban alcohol ads on buses, city property

The unanimous vote came Tuesday morning and expanded on previous efforts to curb such advertising in public spaces.

KKK propaganda on MLK Day sparks investigation in Santa Ana

A flier reportedly calling Martin Luther King Jr. a "communist pervert" and urging residents not to commemorate his birthday was delivered to about 40 homes in Santa Ana Monday.

Pope to canonize California missionary Junípero Serra

Serra is credited with bringing Christianity to the United States' West and established many of the Spanish missions in California.

Oscars 2015: 'Birdman,' 'Budapest' lead; nominations least diverse since 1998

There is not a single person of color among the 20 people nominated for lead and supporting actor and actress, a lack of diversity that is reflected in the filmmaking nominations, as well. See the full list of winners, watch the Best Picture trailers and more.

Newport Beach to bring back wood-burning fire rings

The Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday night voted 5-2 to approve a plan that would immediately allow wood-burning in at least 15 beach fire rings.

Attorney General Kamala Harris announces bid for US Senate

California Attorney General Kamala Harris said via her website Tuesday that she's running to replace Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate.

Mercury Insurance ordered to pay $27.5M for 'unapproved fees'

The state insurance commissioner on Monday said the Mercury agents collected about the same amount in unapproved fees from consumers between 1999 and 2004.