Frank Buckley anchors KTLA’s Emmy Award-winning signature broadcast, L.A.’s No.1-rated KTLA 5 Morning News. He is also the host/executive producer of the 30-minute TV show and podcast, Frank Buckley Interviews, airing on weekends on KTLA and also available on YouTube and all podcast platforms.

Frank Buckley Interviews features thought-provoking, long-form conversations with newsmakers, the fascinating or famous, and with everyday people doing extraordinary things.

Frank joined KTLA in 2005 from CNN, where he had been a national correspondent. 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 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; and the national Americanism in News Media Award. In 2019, Frank Buckley Interviews was nominated for a Los Angeles Press Club National Arts & Entertainment Award.

Frank’s reporting has taken him to nearly every community in Southern California and to many locations across the globe. In March 2011, Frank traveled to Japan for KTLA and reported from Sendai immediately after it was devastated by a 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, including the CNN Presents documentary “Carrier at War.” 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 for KTLA, CNN, and in the 1990s for KCAL-TV has included hurricanes in the Caribbean and the Carolinas; the Landers and Northridge earthquakes in California and the devastating earthquake in Kobe, Japan; wildfires in Southern California; the Los Angeles riots, the OJ Simpson case and trial; and the death of John F. Kennedy, Jr. off Martha’s Vineyard.

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 frequently donates his time to community organizations and is a longtime member of the board of JDRF, formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He is a member of the people-to-people diplomacy organization, U.S.-Japan Council, and served on the Japanese American Leadership Delegation to Japan in 2006. Frank is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Asian American Journalists Association.

Frank is married and the father of two sons. He is a bogey golfer, a weekly basketball player, and a cyclist who gives it everything he’s got to complete a 100-mile ride every year to raise funds for JDRF to defeat type 1 diabetes.


Recent Articles
  • The Truth Behind America’s First Thanksgiving with Professor Camilla Townsend

    Camilla Townsend is a Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She is an expert on Native American history. During this special Thanksgiving Day edition of Frank Buckley Interviews, Professor Townsend discusses America’s first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. Professor Townsend explains why the religious separatists (who we refer to as pilgrims) who had arrived in America from England in 1620, decided to hold a celebration feast. She reveals what was on the menu, who was invited, and how […]

  • Ambassador Susan Rice Reveals the Personal Toll in the Aftermath of the Benghazi Attack | Frank Buckley Interviews

    Ambassador Susan Rice served as national security adviser and as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the Obama Administration.  In September 2012, she appeared on several national Sunday morning news programs to provide the administration’s understanding of the circumstances surrounding the attack on the American diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the deaths of four Americans: Ambassador Christopher Stevens, foreign service officer Sean Smith, and CIA security contractors Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. Ambassador Rice was criticized and accused […]

  • Actor Greg Grunberg Talks Geeking Out On The Set Of ‘Star Wars’ | Frank Buckley Interviews

    Greg Grunberg is an actor who has starred in TV shows like Felicity, Alias, Heroes, and Lost among others. He also plays Temmin “Snap” Wexley, a recon pilot in the Blue Squadron of the Resistance’s Starfighter Corps in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and in the soon to be released (December 2019) Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Greg is also the creator and co-author of the Dream Jumper graphic novel series for children. During this podcast, Greg talks about his […]

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    Richard Louv is a nature journalist and the author of “Our Wild Calling: How connecting with animals can transform our lives–and save theirs.” Richard is the author of 10 books including “Last Child in the Woods” in which he introduced the phrase “nature deficit disorder” to describe what he calls “the price that humans pay for their alienation from the rest of nature.” Richard is the recipient of the Audubon Medal and the co-founder of the Children and Nature Network. […]

  • Mark Kriski, KTLA Morning News Weathercaster | Frank Buckley Interviews

    Mark Kriski is the weathercaster on LA’s #1 morning news program, the KTLA 5 Morning News. He has been with the program since its inception in 1991. Mark is also a professional boxing and MMA ring announcer, and his voice can be heard on radio and TV commercials and as a radio station imaging announcer. Mark is the recipient of numerous awards including multiple Emmys and was once named Funniest Weatherman in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Times. During […]

  • Life on the Vertical with Adventurer Mark Synnott | Frank Buckley Interviews

    Mark Synnott is a big wall climber, adventurer, and writer who is the author of the New York Times Best Seller “The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life.” Mark is also a public speaker who presents the program  “Life on the Vertical” to audiences at National Geographic Live events. During this podcast Mark discusses his life in climbing, including how he handles fear and how he balances his family life as he travels around the world. Mark […]

  • Behind the Scenes of ‘Saturday Night Live’ with Kevin Nealon | Frank Buckley Interviews

    Kevin Nealon is an actor and comedian best known for his nine-year-long run on Saturday Night Live and for his many other TV and film roles including his role as Doug Wilson on Weeds on Showtime and Don Burns on Man with a Plan on CBS. Kevin also hosts Hiking with Kevin on YouTube. During this podcast, Kevin reveals behind the scenes stories from his work on Saturday Night Live, he tells us how his friend Dana Carvey played a […]

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    Josh Campbell is a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent and Special Assistant to former FBI Director James Comey. He served in the FBI for 12 years conducting terrorism and kidnapping investigations and served overseas with CIA teams and military special operations units. He is now a CNN law enforcement analyst. Josh is the author of a new book “Crossfire Hurricane: Inside Donald Trump’s War on the FBI.” During this podcast, Josh takes us inside the early days of the Russia investigation […]

  • How Dr. David Fajgenbaum Cured His Own Deadly Disease | Frank Buckley Interviews

    Dr. David Fajgenbaum is a medical doctor and University of Pennsylvania researcher who experimented on himself to save his own life. Dr. Fajgenbaum discovered he had Castleman disease, a rare disease that ravaged his body and nearly killed him. After experiencing several bouts of the disease, he set about researching his condition to determine what if anything could be done to “cure” it. He chronicles the story in his new book “Chasing My Cure: A Doctor’s Race to Turn Hope into […]

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