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

Police: Video that appeared to threaten officers was rap promo

A video that showed a person holding a gun while staring through a vehicle's windshield at an officer stepping out of a patrol car was filmed as part of a rap group's comeback attempt, police say.

FAQ: Am I eligible for California's traffic fine amnesty?

On Thursday, California kicks off an amnesty program that will allow some drivers to reduce their amount owed by up to 80 percent and get their licenses reinstated. Here's what you need to know.

Hate crimes in LA County inch up in 2014

The rate of criminal offenses motivated by bias, hatred or prejudice countywide saw a 1 percent increase in 2014 compared to the year prior, according to a new report.

FAQ: What you need to know about mold and pests in the home

Mold and pest infestations in the home have been linked to health problems such as asthma. Here is some information to help protect your health and home.

Water use drops 31 percent statewide, beats July mandate

Among the top-performing suppliers were Golden State Water Company Simi Valley, with a reduction of 40 percent, and the cities of Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and West Sacramento.

California adds 80,700 jobs in July, strongest gain in US

The uptick in jobs brought the state's unemployment rate down to 6.2 percent, compared with 7.4 percent the same time last year.

Heat wave brought record temps, gives way to cooling trend

Records fell in Burbank and Lancaster, which both registered triple-digit heat on Sunday. Even coastal Long Beach hit 96 degrees, breaking its old record of 95 set in 1992.

Long Beach power outage continues third day in a row

Nearly 3,500 customers remained without power Friday after utility crews who worked to restore power to downtown Long Beach overnight were unsuccessful.

Man with knife who was shot by LAPD officer in Venice dies

Jason Davis, 41, was shot by officers responding to a call for "disorderly suspect armed with a knife" outside a Venice coffee shop on Monday. On Thursday, police confirmed he had died.

Bacteria could offer new treatment for pancreatic cancer

A new study suggests that modified salmonella bacteria can target tumors that are highly resistant to other forms of treatment in a deadly form of pancreatic cancer.

Ale Flint confirmed as new head of Los Angeles airports authority

In her new role, the Oakland airport executive will lead the city authority that oversees Los Angeles International, Ontario International and Van Nuys airports.

LA among cities to receive $1M Bloomberg public arts grants

Mayor Eric Garcetti responded with a video message saying the money would go toward bringing public art to the Los Angeles River.

Charleston church shooting: Suspect arrested; coroner IDs victims

While he gave no further details on the shooting itself, Obama on Thursday expressed deep frustration with the frequency of tragedies brought about by someone "who had no trouble getting their hands on a gun."

Ezell Ford: Ruling, reaction to police shooting shows why LA isn't Ferguson

An LA police commission ruling in the shooting of an unarmed mentally ill black man was a mixed finding, and the muted reaction to it underscores how LA differs from other cities.

Locals share photos of 'tar balls' along coast

Long Beach was the latest in a series of Southern California communities to have a mysterious petroleum substance wash ashore in the form of "tar balls" and "tar patties."