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

Thomas Fire grows to more than 400 square miles

The fire has raged for 11 days in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, destroying at least 700 homes, forcing thousands to evacuate and killing a firefighter.

California has had a monster wildfire every year for the past 6 years

Nearly three-quarters of the state's worst fires have happened since 2000. Experts blame forest management techniques, home construction in wilderness and climate change.

Skirball Fire sparked by an illegal cooking fire

The brush fire that destroyed homes in Bel Air was ignited at an encampment along Sepulveda Boulevard where the street passes under the 405 Freeway, fire officials said Tuesday.

Those impacted by Skirball, Rye, Creek fires can get help here

The center in Lake View Terrace is intended to be "a one-stop shop" for residents and business owners affected by the recent wildfires.

Skirball Fire grows to 475 acres, 5 percent containment

At least 15 structures have been damaged or destroyed since the fire began early Wednesday morning. LAFD estimates that 46,000 people are being affected.

Canyon Fire 2: All remaining evacuations, road closures lifted

The fire has burned through 8,000 acres in Orange County, destroying 15 structures and damaging 12 more, according to the latest information from incident command.

Canyon Fire 2: Most evacuations lifted, though fire continues to burn

Most of the evacuations in Anaheim and the surrounding area have been lifted. Anaheim, Orange and Tustin residents were allowed to return to evacuated homes this evening, according to Anaheim Fire and Rescue.

6,000-acre brush fire burns at least 24 homes

A brush fire that started Monday morning near Coal Canyon and the 91 Freeway quickly scorched thousands of acres, fueled by winds. Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued.

3 Democrats stand out in special Assembly election

In the semi-official results reported Tuesday night in the special primary election to fill the seat representing northeastern Los Angeles, Wendy Carrillo was leading with 21 percent of votes.

Polls open in LA election to replace Jimmy Gomez

Thirteen candidates are running in the special primary election, part of a chain reaction triggered by Xavier Becerra’s appointment as California attorney general.

Las Vegas Strip shooting: At least 59 dead, more than 500 injured

A stream of gunfire rained down on a country music concert attended by thousands of people Sunday night. Hundreds of people were transported to local hospitals in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Hollywood Bowl ticket prices, parking to increase

Most tickets will go up by $1 to $10, depending on the section, time and type of event. The L.A. Phil says the new prices will help offset increased production, labor, marketing and artists’ costs.

Map: How much of your income goes to rent?

For years, financial planners used that 30 percent threshold as a rule of thumb for renters: no more than 30 percent of your gross income should go to rent. But for many these days, with rents higher than they've ever been in Southern California, the 30 percent rule is a distant fantasy, and Southern Californian renters are having to adapt.

2 brush fires burning in Malibu

Two fires — the Topanga Fire and the Stokes Fire — are burning in the Malibu/Calabasas area, approximately five miles apart from each other.

Beverly Hills woman is 3rd to drown this year in Sequoia National Park

Extreme winter snowfall has primed California's rivers and creeks for dangerous conditions, especially as temperatures rise. Park officials are warning hikers to stay out of the water.