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

Century Crunch: LAX-bound drivers brace for weekend road closure

Starting Friday night, a bridge demolition project will shut down the intersection of Century and Aviation boulevards. Plan ahead with this map — or avoid the area.

Obama criticizes US companies for lack of 'economic patriotism'

Hundreds of people lined up for blocks in the blazing heat for an opportunity to hear the president speak on Thursday at Los Angeles Trade Technical College.

Bell to shelter undocumented children; other cities say 'No'

The city of Bell on Wednesday approved a plan to temporarily house 150 immigrant children amid a recent influx of people from Central America. KPCC takes a look at how similar plans are faring elsewhere.

3 dead in Pasadena shooting; suspect in custody

Three people were killed when a man with a rifle began shooting at passersby in the 1700 block of Summit Avenue on Saturday, police said.

FTC vs. Amazon: Are your kids incurring charges for unauthorized purchases?

The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint against Amazon for billing its users for unauthorized in-app purchases made by children. Are you seeing similar charges?

America's snobby cities: Pasadena tops the list. But you disagree!

Tthe cities that made real estate blog Movot's snobbiest cities list and how it was determined left some KPCC readers perturbed. Here's what you had to say about it.

DMV bringing back California's black and yellow license plates

A black license plate with yellow lettering — used in the 1960s — was the first to meet a minimum number of preorders, clearing the way for manufacturing to begin.

1 dead after shooting near Silver Lake fast food restaurant

A 20-year-old man was shot and later died of his wounds after a verbal dispute with a suspect in his late teens outside a restaurant on Sunset Boulevard.

Election 2014: Despite tough fights, primary drawing few voters

Voter turnout has been trending downward in California primaries for 20 years. By midday, that trend didn't appear to be changing, despite the state's new top-two system.

More layoffs, cutbacks at Freedom's Register newspapers

An internal memo from owners Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz warns of voluntary buyouts, mandatory furloughs and a streamlining of the Long Beach Register.

Landmark EPA rule aims to cut carbon 30 percent by 2030 (updated)

Under the EPA proposal, states could have until 2017 to submit a plan to cut power plant pollution, and 2018 if they join with other states to tackle the problem.

Brad Pitt 'attacker' Vitalii Sediuk: Who is this guy?

The man who rushed up and touched Brad Pitt on the Hollywood red carpet for "Maleficent" is Vitalii Sediuk, a Ukrainian journalist who has a history of pranks.

Washington landslide: 18 Calif. rescue specialists sent to help

FEMA requested support from five California urban search and rescue teams after a landslide in Washington state killed at least 14 people. More than 100 people are still missing.

SoCal storms raise concern of mudslides — how to prepare

The National Weather Service warns that a pair of storms hitting mid-week and lasting through the weekend could cause mudslides in burn areas.

Biden gives a public nod to California's high-speed rail project

Vice President Joe Biden, an admitted "train guy," told new "Late Night" host Seth Meyers that Gov. Jerry Brown was "leading the country in having high-speed rail."