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

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.

LAUSD teacher finalist for national teacher of the year

Daniel Jocz, a social studies teacher at Downtown Magnets High School, has been selected as one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year.

LA pushes to force faster relocation after Porter Ranch gas leak

On Tuesday, L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer's office announced it is seeking a temporary restraining order against Southern California Gas Co over the gas leak in Aliso Canyon.

DWP overbilling settlement gets conditional approval from judge

The L.A. Department of Water and Power's new system led to customers being overbilled for late payment charges, calculation errors and other problems.

Ex-CHP officer in video of freeway beating won't face charges

The video showed CHP Officer Daniel Andrew straddling 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock, repeatedly punching her while she was on the ground in July 2014.

Black Friday: Holiday sales expected to rise despite tight budgets

By some estimates, Southern California shoppers are expected to buy only slightly more gifts than they did last year, and they'll be making fewer purchases for themselves.

City attorney targets 2 South LA properties with gang lawsuit

The City Attorney's Office said Monday it had filed lawsuits against the owners of both properties in response to an uptick in violence and criminal activity over the past year.

LADWP turf rebate program 'largely a gimmick,' audit finds

An audit from the city controller's office finds the program isn't cost effective and falls short on fairness and cost effectiveness.

Pasadena begins implementing changes to prevent embezzlement

The changes follow three separate audits the city launched when it discovered an employee had embezzled more than $6 million over 11 years.

Joe's Crab Shack considers no-tipping policy

The new policy is being piloted at locations around the U.S. and is intended to benefit servers, hosts and bartenders, in addition to guests.

Ken Burns to be grand marshal of Pasadena's 2016 Rose Parade

Burns, 62, has won or been nominated for numerous awards for his signature documentaries, many of them focused on subjects from U.S. history.

SeaWorld to phase out killer whale shows in 2016

The decision to phase out the One Ocean show was based on customer feedback at the San Diego park, according to Joel Manby, president and CEO of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.