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

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.

Huge crowd expected at Rose Bowl for Mexico-Jamaica match

City officials expect 80,000 fans to show up for Thursday's soccer game, which means freeway congestion and heavy traffic on surface streets near the stadium. Plan ahead.

Culver City student ties for 7th in National Spelling Bee

Cooper Komatsu, 13, had his first misspelling in the ninth round of the finals. Check back for final results and try your own word power with a sample test.

2 SoCal students head to finals in national spelling bee

Cooper Komatsu, 13, a student at Culver City Middle School, and Aisha Randhawa, 10, a student at Garretson Elementary School in Corona, will be among 45 finalists taking the stage Thursday morning.

Meet the 10 SoCal kids in the National Spelling Bee

See the full list of contestants from Southern California and find out if you would have what it takes to compete with an interactive spelling and vocabulary test.