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

LA, Long Beach set new zero emissions targets for ports

The plan includes switching to zero-emissions terminal equipment by 2030 and zero-emissions trucks by 2035.

California, 2 more states form climate pact in wake of US withdrawal

The governors of California, New York and Washington announced the formation of the U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition of states that will adhere to the tenets of the Paris Climate Agreement.

A costly delay: Rams, Chargers stadium opening delayed to 2020

A yearlong delay for the Rams and Chargers to move into their new home in Inglewood will likely cost the teams tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue.

You're going to see sharks — don't freak out

KPCC spoke with shark expert Dr. Chris Lowe to find out why there have been so many sightings this year, what we know about shark behavior, and how you should behave if you see one.

3 dead, 1 wounded after San Bernardino school shooting

A female teacher is dead and two students wounded after a shooting in a classroom at North Park Elementary, in what is believed to be a murder-suicide, officials said.

He's kind of a big deal — Will Ferrell to deliver USC grad speech

The actor/comedian is scheduled to deliver the main address at USC’s ceremony on May 12. Our burning question: Will he appear as himself, or as one of his many iconic characters?

Iranian man lands at LAX after being sent to Dubai under Trump order

Ali Vayeghan was the only traveler so far under Trump’s order who has been allowed to return to the U.S. after being sent away, according to the ACLU.

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.