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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.


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  • Frank Buckley’s Recipe for Simple and Delicious Brussel Sprouts: a Perfect ‘Friendsgiving’ Side Dish

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  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Luke Davies, Writer

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  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Sera Gamble, Co-Creator/TV Executive Producer

    Sera Gamble is a TV writer and producer who is the co-creator and executive producer/showrunner of Lifetime’s “You” and Syfy’s “The Magicians.” She is one of only a few women in Hollywood who are in charge of two TV shows. During this podcast, Sera discusses her career from “baby writer” to showrunner, her responsibilities as a female showrunner in the era of the Me Too movement, and her process when it comes to writing and producing two popular TV shows. Related show links: […]

  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Gene Simmons, Rock Star

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  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Ali Noorani, Immigrant Advocate/Author

    Ali Noorani is the executive director of the non-partisan National Immigration Forum which describes itself as bringing together “moderate and conservative faith, law enforcement and business leaders…in support of practical and common sense immigration, citizenship and integration policies.” Ali is also the author of the book “There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American immigration.” During this podcast, Ali discusses his search for nuance in the immigration debate with more than 50 interviews conducted for his […]

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