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
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  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Diane Shader Smith, Author/Publicist

    Diane Shader Smith is the mother of the late Mallory Smith who authored the posthumously published memoir “Salt in My Soul: An Unfinished Life.” Mallory was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) at the age of three and began writing a journal at 15. She continued writing in that journal until she died at the age of 25. Diane worked to get those pages published in book form and the result is the memoir published this month by Penguin Random House. During this […]

  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Professor Leonard Kleinrock, Internet Pioneer

    Professor Leonard Kleinrock is a distinguished professor of computer science at UCLA. His mathematical theory of packet networks is one of the underlying technologies of the internet. Professor Kleinrock directed the first-ever transmission of a message on the internet from his lab at UCLA to the Stanford Research Institute on October 26, 1969. In 2007, the professor received the President’s National Medal of Science, the highest achievement in science bestowed by the President of the United States. During this podcast, Professor Kleinrock describes the […]

  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Richard Lewis, Comedian

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  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Kobe Bryant, Former NBA Basketball Player

    Kobe Bryant is a former NBA basketball player who played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe is a five-time NBA champion, four-time All-Star MVP, two-time Finals MVP, and he was the 2007-2008 regular season MVP. He is third among all-time NBA points leaders. He retired from basketball after scoring an astonishing 60 points in the final game of his career on April 13, 2016. During this podcast, Kobe talks about what he’s been doing since retiring from […]

  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Fiona Crombie, Film Production Designer

    Fiona Crombie is a production designer who is nominated for a 2019 Academy Award for Best Production Design along with set decorator Alice Felton for the film The Favourite starring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, and Olivia Colman. It’s a quirky film set in 18th century England and the ailing Queen Anne and her intimate friend Lady Sarah who effectively runs the country. That is until a conniving servant arrives and proceeds to disrupt the status quo in a darkly hilarious […]

  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Terence Blanchard, Film Composer/Jazz Musician

    Terence Blanchard is a jazz musician and film composer who has scored all of Spike Lee’s films since composing the score for Jungle Fever in 1991. He is nominated for a 2019 Academy Award for Music (Original Score) for composing the score for Spike Lee’s film BlacKkKlansman. Terence has won several Grammy Awards as a jazz trumpeter and as a composer including most recently winning a 2019 Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition for the track Blut Und Boden (Blood and Soil) […]

  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Rep. Adam Schiff, House Intelligence Committee Chairman

    Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) is chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Intelligence Committee oversees America’s intelligence agencies and is investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election and whether Trump campaign officials colluded with Russia to interfere. During this podcast, Chairman Schiff describes how the investigative priorities and tactics of the Intelligence Committee will change under democratic leadership. He also explains what the committee hopes to learn from former Trump lawyer […]

  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Jaime Camil, Actor

    Jaime Camil is an actor who currently stars in the popular CW show “Jane the Virgin” which airs on KTLA 5. The fifth and final season of the program premieres on Wednesday, March 27th. Jaime has been nominated twice for Critics Choice Awards for his role as Jane’s father Rogelio De La Vega. He has also won a Teen Choice Award and received an Imagen Award which encourages positive portrayals of Latinos and recognizes excellence. During this podcast, Jaime discusses his work […]

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