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

Lynwood moves to permit marijuana cultivation

On a 3–2 vote, the City Council approved on first reading an ordinance that would regulate businesses that grow and manufacture medical cannabis within city limits.

USC vs. UCLA at the Rio Olympics

The crosstown rivalry continues as we rack up Olympians in Rio by university affiliation. Which school's athletes are bringing home more medals? We've done the math.

Blue Cut Fire, largely uncontained, burns toward Wrightwood

A wildfire burning out of control in the mountainous Cajon Pass was heading toward the community of Wrightwood Tuesday, U.S. Forest officials said.

Whatever happened to that plan for an Atwater-Griffith Park bike bridge?

The nonprofit River LA first took on design and construction of a horse and bike bridge to connect Griffith Park and Atwater Village more than five years ago.

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.