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

Escaped Kern County Sheriff's deputy wanted on drug, weapon charges

Edward Tucker was awaiting transport in the back seat of a patrol car when he somehow managed to escape and flee on foot, sheriff's officials said Wednesday.

One of SoCal's tallest waterfalls partially closed for a year

Between five and 10 acres of San Bernardino National Forest's Upper Big Falls will remain closed as officials look for ways to reduce the number of injuries and rescues.

Hurricane Patricia: Here's how you can help

Hurricane Patricia has become the strongest hurricane ever recorded for the eastern north Pacific Ocean and has the potential to do catastrophic damage. Here's how you can help.

UC Davis maps farmland that can 'bank' groundwater in El Niño

A UC Davis team has created an interactive map that pinpoints exactly which pieces of farmland could absorb some of the rainfall expected in this year's El Niño.

Pasadena to discuss minimum wage increase

Pasadena city leaders on Wednesday evening will hold the first of a pair of public discussions on a possible minimum wage increase.

LA County Metro urges riders to report sexual harassment

Metro published new survey numbers in August that showed only a slight dip in the number of sexual harassment incidents reported on its trains and buses.

Christopher Dorner's former trainer sues LAPD for discrimination

The former training officer of Christopher Dorner, the ex-cop who authorities say turned killer after he was fired from the Los Angeles Police Department, is now suing the city for racial discrimination and harassment.

Officers who killed man in Van Nuys were briefed on rap video, attorney says

The two Van Nuys police officers who shot and killed a suspect Saturday night after having their back window shattered had a threatening video in their mind at the time, according to their attorney.

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.