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

$400M Calif. film and TV tax credit passes Senate committee

The bill is aimed at helping the state compete against rising competition from other states and countries that offer more attractive discounts and tax incentives.

Michael Brown: Missouri Highway Patrol seizes control of Ferguson

Hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of Ferguson Thursday. Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson — a black Ferguson native — is now in charge.

Robin Williams: Details of death released as family, fans mourn

Williams died from an apparent suicide by hanging at his home, authorities said at a Tuesday press conference. He was found by his personal assistant.

Macy's to pay nearly $1M over employee death in LA

The company pleaded no contest to corporate criminal liability in the 2009 death of an employee at an East Los Angeles distribution center.

NASA's flying saucer: New images from planetary lander's test flight

NASA has shared new details and imagery from the first flight of its saucer-shaped test vehicle, which the space agency hopes will improve upon planetary landers like the one that successfully put the Curiosity rover on Mars.

#CajonCrawl: Construction to cause I-15 delays for 5 weekends

Caltrans is warning commuters to expect significant traffic delays on the northbound 15 Freeway through the Cajon Pass starting this Friday.

SoCal storms: Flooding result of 500-year rain event, officials say

Four inches of rainfall were recorded at Mt. Baldy Fire Station between 3:45 and 4:45 pm on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

FAQ: What you should know about the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history

The deadliest recorded Ebola outbreak has surpassed 900 deaths across West Africa, but the risk of it spreading to the U.S. remains very low. Here's what you should know about the disease.

Can't catch LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl? Listen on KUSC.

KUSC will be broadcasting the concerts every Sunday night through mid-October, and they'll make the recordings available for online streaming for up to a week. See the full schedule.

Bell scandal: Last of 7 officials to be sentenced gets 1 year in jail

Former Bell City Councilman Victor Bello's sentencing brings to an end a string of criminal cases in the corruption scandal that rocked the town in southeast Los Angeles County.

Pomona makes Forbes' top 10 colleges list again

Pomona last year ranked 2nd among the 650 schools on the business magazine's annual ranking of U.S. colleges. This year it dropped lower but still held on to the 8th position.

UCLA flood: DWP now says 20M gallons of water lost (updated)

Estimates of how much water was lost in Tuesday's water main break had been revised from 8-10 million gallons to almost 20 million gallons Wednesday.

California wildfires: French Fire at 5,600 acres, 0 containment (updated)

Three fires were burning across California on Wednesday. In Yosemite, crews worked to protect giant sequoias, while in Madera County, the French Fire had grown to 5,600 acres.

Griffith Park soccer gets $10.5M makeover (and other green fields in LA)

Officials broke ground Monday on a renovation project at the John Ferraro Athletic Fields complex in Griffith Park. See what's in store, and take a virtual tour of L.A.'s municipal soccer fields.

Pasadena declares water shortage: What's restricted now?

The new restrictions mean residents could face incremental fines up to $500; businesses can be fined up to $1,000. Do they go too far, or not far enough?