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

SoCal's top earthquake expert Lucy Jones is saying goodbye

In Southern California, Jones has been both a pop culture ambassador for earthquake science and a calm voice of reason in a place where talk of the "Big One" is never far off.

Feds file antitrust suit against Tribune buying OC Register

Tribune, the L.A. Times' parent company, has agreed to pay $56 million. The Justice Department followed this with an antitrust lawsuit, saying it would be a monopoly.

LA's new advisory council to focus on transgender issues

The council will advise the mayor, city council, city staff and other elected officials on economic development, public safety, accessibility and other issues that impact the trans community in L.A.

Who killed Killarney the koala?

The caretakers discovered the koala missing last Thursday. Officials say surveillance video places the mountain lion on zoo grounds at about the same time.

Trader Joe's pistachios linked to salmonella outbreak

Federal health officials are investigating a salmonella outbreak, which so far has been linked to the illnesses of 11 people in nine states, according to federal health officials.

Coastal Commission appoints interim to replace ousted director

The commission voted 10-1 to appoint Senior Deputy Directory Jack Ainsworth to lead staff until a new permanent executive director is hired.

Prosecutors won't charge LAPD officers in Omar Abrego death

The D.A.'s office says it can't prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" that any excessive use of force contributed to the in-custody death of a man in South L.A. in 2014.

PIN theft at ATMs on the rise — here's how to protect yourself

Officials warn of a rise in "shoulder surfing," when someone lingers near an ATM, waits for you to enter your PIN and swoops in to withdraw cash before you're fully logged out.

LA leaders call for timeline, increased funds in Exide cleanup

The council called on the state Wednesday to require California's toxics regulator to create a public timeline and to provide whatever funds are necessary to clean up affected homes in Boyle Heights.

Gas prices will dip another 2.2 cents a gallon. Here's why

The price of a gallon of gas will drop in California by 2.2 cents per gallon because of a change to the excise tax. So what is an excise tax, and why are they changing it now?

Porter Ranch gas leak temporarily stopped, company says

Work crews digging a relief well intercepted the leaking well on Thursday, allowing them to pump heavy fluids inside, the company said in a statement.

No charges for officers who mistakenly shot at civilians in Dorner manhunt

In 2013, eight LAPD officers mistook the pickup truck of two civilians for that of fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner, opening fire and wounding two women.

Timeline: The hunt for the Grim Sleeper

The case of the Grim Sleeper caused a media frenzy a few years back when police finally captured the man they believe to have murdered at least 10 people in Los Angeles. Lonnie Franklin Jr., a former mechanic for the city of Los Angeles, was arrested for the murders in 2010. This timeline looks back on the events of the case.

LA Public Library misses you so much, it'll waive your overdue fees

In a rare move to win back clients, library officials say they'll waive the fines on overdue books and other materials if you return them between Feb. 1 and Feb. 14.

2 new mountain lion kittens discovered in Santa Monica Mountains

P–46 and P–47, a female and a male, have been implanted with tracking devices like their mother, P–19.