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 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.

Expo Line extension opens Friday — here's what you should know

Service on the Expo Line light rail extension starts at noon Friday, and whether you’re a seasoned rider or a Metro newbie, we have a rundown of the key things you’ll want to know.

3 arrested after shooting at San Bernardino police

Officers returned fire Thursday after three people shot at their unmarked vehicle. No officers were hurt, but a 17-year-old suspect was hit by police fire.

SpaceX nabs $83M military contract

The Air Force said it has awarded its first competitive national security launch in more than a decade to SpaceX, putting the Hawthorne-based private rocket company in distinguished company.

Ex-LAPD chief Willie Williams has died

Williams was the first African-American police chief in both Philadelphia and Los Angeles. He took over from LAPD Chief Daryl Gates following the 1992 riots.

LA may be a 'no-kill' city by 2017

City officials say their animal shelters have maintained an 84.3 percent overall live save rate so far this year. The target for "no kill" status is 90 percent.

DA to retry ex-LA Councilman Richard Alarcon for voting fraud

Richard Alarcon and his wife were convicted in 2014 of fraudulent voting and perjury, but an appeals court overturned the conviction in January.

LAPD not justified in killing homeless man

Police Chief Charlie Beck had already recommended criminal charges for the officer who fatally shot 29-year-old Brendon Glenn. The Police Commission agreed with him.