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

Obama cuts sentences for 10 Californians — all drug offenders

In an act of clemency of near historic proportions Wednesday, the president cut the sentences of 214 federal prisoners. Ten were from California, and half of those were serving life in prison.

91 Freeway to close nightly for construction this week

Each night this week, all lanes in at least one direction will be shut down at Maple Street as part of the 91 Project. See a map of closures and suggested detours.

Soylent CEO faces criminal charges over Montecito Heights 'eyesore'

Robert Rhinehart, whose powdered drink is intended as a meal substitute, has been charged with grading and building without permits on a hillside property in Montecito Heights.

Tensions at Democratic convention still high with some Sanders supporters

One Sanders supporter described incidents including food allegedly being thrown at another Sanders backer, as well as another allegedly being pushed down stairs.

Flex Alert issued for California amid sweltering heat wave

California has extended its statewide alert, asking consumers to conserve energy through Thursday amid the sweltering heat wave in Southern California.

Southwest says systems online but more flights canceled

As of early Thursday, more than 220 flights had been canceled nationwide, and the company was urging travelers to get to the airport early to make time for long lines.

Dallas attacks represent 'schism' in America, LAPD chief says

Police officers across Southern California are wearing black bands across their badges to mourn the deaths of five of their colleagues in Dallas.

Riverside County gets 1st confirmed case of Zika virus

State health officials said Tuesday a 50-year-old man who resides in southwest Riverside County was likely infected while traveling in the Dominican Republic.

Bear that attacked camper near Altadena has been killed

Wildlife officials confirmed through DNA and other tests that they had caught the right bear and euthanized it Wednesday afternoon.

Erskine Fire: 2 killed, 200 structures burned, evacuations in Central California

The fire held steady on Saturday night. It has burned 36,810 acres and destroyed 200 structures in Kern County. Crews hope to take advantage of lighter winds forecast for Sunday. High temperatures and low humidity remain a challenge.

LA commuters, meet the city's first bike traffic signals

City leaders on Thursday officially unveiled L.A.’s first bike-specific traffic signals as well as a stretch of protected bike lanes along Los Angeles Street between Alameda and First Street.

LA County warehouse fire evacuations to continue through the night

An explosive fire at a warehouse prompted the evacuation of about 200 residents and at one point had knocked out power for thousands of customers in southeast Los Angeles County.

Man heading to LA Pride posed 'significant danger,' DA says

When he was arrested Sunday, James Wesley Howell possessed an explosive device, three rifles, a black hood and additional ammunition, according to law enforcement.

A sneak peek at designs for downtown's 1st and Broadway park

The park, expected to open in 2019, would be located downtown at First and Broadway and would feature a healthy amount of greenery. .

Bear sightings? Yes, there will be more

As alarming as it can be to watch TV news footage of police bearing down on an ursine suspect actively evading arrest, this is all very normal, wildlife officials say.