Brian Frank

Digital News Producer

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Brian Frank is a Digital News Producer for KPCC. 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

SoCal Gas lifts advisory after cold spell

The utility lifted its advisory on Thursday for both residential and business customers after asking them to reduce their use of gas appliances, including heaters.

185-foot tower near Beverly Center gets council approval

The L.A. City Council voted 14–0 to approve a slightly shorter version of a mixed-use project that will include some affordable housing units and a ground-level market.

Kevin Starr was ‘rarest kind of San Franciscan’ - he loved LA

Kevin Starr both predicted and chronicled the rise of L.A. to become the preeminent financial and cultural capital of the Pacific Rim, according to California's poet laureate.

'Hidden Figures' star Octavia Spencer hosts free screening

Actress Octavia Spencer, who stars in the hit historical drama "Hidden Figures," is offering a free screening Friday night especially for those who might not be able to afford a trip to the movies.

2017’s 'Hollyweed' and other Hollywood sign mods through the years

Angelenos were briefly treated with a New Year's surprise Sunday morning after someone modified the Hollywood sign to read "Hollyweed." Here's a look back at other times the sign's been changed.

LA grew bigger, but not faster, than any other county

Los Angeles County saw a larger overall increase to its population than any other California county over the past year, though its overall growth rate lagged in comparison, according to new state figures.

Mountain lion mom P–39 killed crossing freeway

A mountain lion killed crossing the 118 Freeway earlier this month has been identified as P–39, a female that was traveling with three six-month-old kittens, wildlife officials said Thursday.

Feds launch investigation of OC DA, sheriff's offices

The DA’s office had been under scrutiny for allegedly using jailhouse informants to elicit incriminating statements from inmates.

Culver City moves to ban polystyrene food containers

Culver City has moved a step closer to banning single-use polystyrene containers and other utensils at restaurants.

Drivers, what do you do when you see an emergency vehicle?

When drivers fail to heed those sirens, they can slow down police and fire department vehicles and even cause traffic accidents.

LA Zoo turns 50 — and delivers a baby giraffe

You can see the as-yet unnamed female Masai giraffe every day, and starting Monday, with the zoo's 50th anniversary celebration, you can even feed her.

LADWP overcharged customers $67.5 million, audit finds

The new figure updates earlier estimates of $44 million and is included in a revised settlement agreement that could be approved as early as Friday. Here's what it means for customers.

Republican Rep. Knight re-elected as Caforio concedes

Democrats had spent heavily in the race for the 25th Congressional District, seeing Knight as vulnerable, but by late Wednesday morning challenger Bryan Caforio was congratulating his opponent.

Coyote euthanized following attack on 6-year-old

The coyote who bit a 6-year-old boy's arm several weeks ago at Woodbridge Park has been euthanized, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Here's the outdoor venue that could replace Irvine Meadows

Developers want to build a temporary 12,000-seat interim stadium next to Orange County’s Great Park to replace Irvine Meadows Amphitheater, which is closing at the end of the month.