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

Fire weather returns as red flag warning goes into effect

High heat, extremely low humidity and wind gusts reaching up to 40 mph to 50 mph were expected to create a high risk of wildfires, according to the National Weather Service.

2 Compton schools named National Blue Ribbon award winners

Jefferson and Tibby elementary schools, part of the Compton Unified School District, were recognized as Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools.

New Santa Ana wind prediction tool could help alert residents to wildfires

The Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index, announced Wednesday, will classify the fire threat potential of the notoriously hot, dry and strong "devil wind" so familiar to area residents.

Heat wave: LA hits record energy demand; Edison offers cash to conserve

With triple-digit heat across Southern California, many residents were without power, and one utility company was offering customers cash to save energy during peak hours.

Dodgers on TV: Last 6 games to be broadcast on KDOC

Time Warner Cable announced Monday it had reached a deal that will allow independent broadcaster KDOC to televise the games. Here's your channel guide.

Meadow Fire: Half Dome cables to reopen Saturday

The cables that assist hikers with the final ascent of Half Dome have been closed since Sunday, when dozens of hikers were evacuated because of the fire burning in Yosemite National Park.

US News & World Report's top colleges: How did California do?

There's not much new to report, since most of the same institutions make the list every year, but California had five out of the top 10 public universities in the latest rankings.

Apple's next big thing: Apple Watch, iPhone 6, ApplePay — worth the hype?

Apple on Tuesday revealed its entry into the wearable computers market with the Apple Watch, along with a new wireless payment system and two new iPhone models.

Meadow Fire: Yosemite wildfire quadruples in size overnight

A wildfire in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park that forced the helicopter evacuation of about 100 park visitors nearly quadrupled in size overnight and forced trail closures.

Flash flood watch extended for Inland Empire

A day after flooding that damaged homes and forced water rescues in Riverside, the National Weather Service extended the warning through Monday evening.

California governor debate gets 'spirited' as Kashkari, Brown face off

In the only debate scheduled in this year's gubernatorial contest, Kashkari came out swinging, and the two candidates showed how much they differ on many key issues.

West Nile virus: Mosquito infection rate at highest level ever

So far in 2014, more than 181 human cases have been reported to the California Department of Public Health, up from 101 the same time last year.

High surf: Big waves return to SoCal — but not as big as last week

The area will see an increasing risk of strong rip currents and minor coastal flooding brought on in part by Hurricane Norbert, though waves will be smaller than sets seen last week.

110 Freeway closure: Lanes reopened after chase that left officer wounded, suspect dead

Lanes on the northbound 110 Freeway were open again after an officer-involved shooting that left one officer wounded and a suspect dead.

Douchebaggery? Why Oxford adds cray new words to the dictionary

Why do lexicographers bless words like "selfie" while ignoring its wonderfully descriptive cousins? Why not selfiebombing or, better yet, someoneelsie?