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

US Central Command's Twitter site hacked under name of ISIS

The site was filled with threats against military personnel, including one that said "American soldiers, we are coming, watch your back."

Rose Parade 2015: First campers, decorators brave wind and cold

At least one group of float decorators had to call it quits early Tuesday night as high winds made it tough to work. Meanwhile, the first campers staked their claims for prime parade viewing.

Officer kills armed 18-year-old near Ferguson (updated)

Protests over a police killing have returned to the St. Louis area, after a Berkeley, Mo., police officer shot and killed an armed 18-year-old black man.

First flu-related death of season confirmed in LA County

Flu activity in L.A. County has shown an increase within the last few weeks and could continue to increase as the season continues, according to county health officials.

Sony hack: Obama pledges proportional response; insiders speak out

Employees at Sony learned they'd been victims of a massive hacking operation and the news keeps getting worse. One employee tells KPCC, "We've been outsmarted at every move."

Sony hack: Google speaks out against MPAA efforts revealed in hack

Google spoke out Thursday against efforts the MPAA was reportedly involved in trying to push an approach to combating piracy — and, as part of that, attacking Google.

Alleged DUI driver slams into churchgoers in Redondo Beach, killing 3

A suspected drunk driver slammed into a group of more than a dozen people leaving a Christmas pageant in Redondo Beach on Wednesday.

Minimum wage: 2 hotel industry groups sue LA over increase

A city ordinance passed in October raised the minimum hourly wage for hotel workers to $15.37. Hotel industry groups say the city is interfering with the collective bargaining process.

Storm on its way to SoCal; mandatory evacuations at 10 pm

An intense winter storm has pummeled the Bay Area on its way to Southern California, knocking out power, causing flight delays and prompting schools and local businesses to close.

'The Interview' to get only limited release in Asia

The James Franco and Seth Rogen comedy depicts an assassination attempt against North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

SAG Awards: 'Birdman,' 'Modern Family' lead nominations

Star Michael Keaton was recognized for his work in the film "Birdman," as well as supporting co-stars Emma Stone and Edward Norton.

California's job market looking up in next 3 months, survey finds

Roughly 16 percent of California employers plan to increase their payrolls in the first quarter of 2015, according to a survey released Tuesday.

Airbnb injected $312M into LA economy last year, company says

Airbnb, the service that lets you rent out your home or apartment, has been getting a lot of pushback lately. Yesterday it released a study that seeks to paint a positive picture of its business.

Beck finds officers broke policy in killing unarmed man after LAPD chase

In a recent report, the police commission rejected officers’ arguments that they feared for their safety following a high-speed pursuit that ended in a crash late last year.

Sony hack: Was it an inside job?

As the fallout continues for Sony Pictures Entertainment following a massive cyberattack, the speculation over who was behind it continued Wednesday.