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Frank Buckley is co-anchor of KTLA’s Emmy Award-winning signature broadcast, L.A.’s No. 1-rated KTLA Morning News. Frank joined KTLA in June 2005 from CNN where he had been a Los Angeles-based national correspondent.

In March 2011, Frank traveled to Japan and was the only Los Angeles-based local reporter to provide coverage from Sendai after it was devastated by the tsunami and earthquake. Frank has also reported from London on a terror plot and from Tehran, Iran, on the presidential election.

While at CNN, Frank’s varied assignments ranged from breaking news to politics to long-form enterprise reporting. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Frank was embedded with the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Constellation in the Persian Gulf. In the weeks following 9/11, he reported from the Pentagon and from warships in the Arabian Sea.

In 2004, Frank participated in CNN’s political coverage, traveling with the John Kerry and John Edwards campaigns. In 2003-2004, he also traveled with President George W. Bush and frequently reported from the White House. Other political reporting assignments have included Hillary Clinton’s New York Senate run and the 2000 presidential election and its aftermath.

His spot news reporting has included hurricanes in the Caribbean and the Carolinas, earthquakes in California and Japan, wildfires in Southern California, the Los Angeles riots, and the death of John F. Kennedy, Jr. off Martha’s Vineyard.

Frank is the recipient of numerous awards, including Emmys for hard news reporting, for news special for his coverage of the Hong Kong handover, and twice for entertainment programming for co-hosting KTLA’s Rose Parade pre-show.

He has also won awards from the Los Angeles Press Club, including best documentary for KTLA’s “When Disaster Strikes: A Survival Guide” and for talk/public affairs for “Access L.A.” His other honors include APTRA Awards from the Associated Press Television-Radio Association, including reporter of the year; Golden Mike Awards from the Radio and Television News Association, including best individual writing in 2005 and 2006; and the national Americanism in News Media Award.

Prior to KTLA and CNN, Frank reported for Los Angeles station KCAL-TV (1992-1999), WXII-TV in Winston-Salem, N.C., and at KESQ-TV in Palm Springs. He has also written for the Los Angeles Times and the Detroit News. He graduated from USC with a double major in broadcast journalism and history in 1987.

Frank currently serves on the board of the Los Angeles chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. He is also a member of the U.S.-Japan Council and served on the Japanese American Leadership Delegation in 2006.

Frank is married and the father of two sons. He frequently volunteers his time to a number of organizations and was the Grand Marshal of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes in 2011.


Recent Articles
  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Maj. Scott Huesing, Combat Veteran/Author

    Scott Huesing is a retired Marine major and the author of “Echo in Ramadi: The Firsthand Story of U.S. Marines in Iraq’s Deadliest City.” In 2006, Scott was the commanding officer of Echo Company, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines deployed to Ramadi, Iraq. Scott retired with 24 years of service. He deployed 10 times including to Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. During this podcast, Scott takes us inside the intense fighting in Ramadi, Iraq and introduces us to some […]

  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Laila Ali, TV Host/Author/Former World Champion Boxer

    Laila Ali is a TV host, author, former world boxing champion, lifestyle brand CEO, non-profit advocate and more. In short, she’s a multi-hyphenate who defies the typical professional description of an interviewee. Laila is also the daughter of the late boxing champion and icon Muhammad Ali. During this podcast, Laila talks about what it was like to grow up in the shadow of the man who is the original “GOAT” or “greatest of all time.” Laila Ali was a four-time […]

  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Justin Woolverton, Halo Top Creamery Founder

    Justin Woolverton is the founder of Halo Top Creamery, a Los Angeles based ice cream company that in 2017 (six years after Woolverton first started making the ice cream in his kitchen) became one of America’s bestselling grocery store ice cream pints, competing with and sometimes beating longstanding brands Ben & Jerry’s and Haagen-Dazs. It was one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2017. During this podcast, Justin discusses his journey from frustrated big firm lawyer to celebrated market disruptor in […]

  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Dr. Kristi Funk, Breast Cancer Surgeon

    Dr. Kristi Funk is a breast cancer surgeon who was thrust into the public eye in 2013 when Angelina Jolie wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times explaining her decision to have a double mastectomy. In it, she mentioned that she had the procedure at Dr. Funk’s Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills. While Dr. Funk treats many celebrity and well-heeled patients, she has written a new book to help all women– “Breasts: The Owner’s Manual. Every […]

  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Megan Henderson, KTLA News Anchor

    Megan Henderson is one of the anchors of the early edition of the KTLA 5 Morning News. She was recently invited by UNICEF to visit one of the world’s largest refugee camps, Kakuma, in northwestern Turkana County, Kenya. Megan learned that 60-percent of the camp’s population of 180,000 people are children under the age of 18. Many of their parents have been killed in civil wars. During this podcast, Megan tells us what she learned about the refugees and how […]

  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Clifford V. Johnson, Theoretical Physicist

    Clifford V. Johnson is a theoretical physicist and a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Southern California. His research focuses on the origins of the universe and the very fabric of nature. Professor Johnson studies and writes about things like string theory, space-time, quantum mechanics, black holes and the Big Bang among other things. He is the recipient of the Maxwell Medal and Prize from the Institute of Physics and the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award. Professor […]

  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Roy Choi, Chef-Entrepreneur

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  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Brad Meltzer, Author “The Escape Artist”

    Brad Meltzer is an author who has written 12 thrillers–all of them best-sellers on the New York Times Best Seller list including his new book “The Escape Artist.” Brad also writes non-fiction and children’s books and he has the rare distinction of having had his books on the best seller lists for the multiple categories of fiction, non-fiction, advice, children’s books and comic books. Brad is also a TV host who hosts the History Channel TV shows “Decoded” and “Lost […]

  • Frank Buckley Interviews: “Best Of” Mixtape: Chefs

    This “Best Of” episode of Frank Buckley Interviews features celebrated chefs and luminaries in the culinary world. Award-winning chef Seamus Mullen reveals how he changed his entire eating & cooking habits after he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Chef Jet Tila shares the history of his family introducing Thai cuisine to the United States, and how he continues the tradition of providing delectable Asian-inspire food. Top Bay Area chef James Syhabout opens up about his journey from a child refugee […]