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

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.

LAPD chief has a pastrami sandwich riding on the Dodgers

L.A. police Chief Charlie Beck bet Chicago's police superintendent a sandwich from Langer's deli that the Dodgers would beat the Cubs. Norm Langer explains why.

How LA is replenishing Elysian Park's tree canopy

More than 200 volunteers joined members of the LA Conservation Corps and city staff Saturday as part of a project to replenish the park's tree canopy, which has withered under drought and die-off.

Meet the 5 LA-area recipients of this year’s MacArthur ‘genius’ grants

The fellows include USC professor and cultural historian Josh Kun, a frequent guest on Take Two, two Caltech biology professors, an author and a human rights lawyer with the ACLU.

LAPD chief defends officers in fatal shootings: 'nothing else they could do'

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck tells AirTalk why he backed officers involved in two recent fatal police shootings that the police commission later ruled were unjustified.

Americans wasted more than $2.1 billion on premium gas last year

If your car manufacturer doesn’t recommend using higher octane gas, then you’re probably wasting your money. Here's why.

LA Coliseum’s ex-events manager sentenced in embezzlement case

Todd DeStefano, 43, last month pleaded no contest to a felony conflict of interest charge for allegedly diverting Coliseum event funds to his own company.

Man who stole officer's car dies while being detained in San Gabriel

Homicide detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are investigating the death of the man, whose identity has not been released.

Airbnb rolls out new strategy to combat discrimination

The company is rolling out a new non-discrimination policy and said it will offer more assistance for those who say they have faced discrimination from hosts, among other changes.