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: William Wang, VIZIO CEO & Co-Founder

    William Wang is the CEO and co-founder of Irvine-based VIZIO, a leading manufacturer of TVs and sound bars as well as speakers and the Smartcast app. William graduated from USC in 1986 with a degree in electrical engineering and began his career in tech support for a Chinese company selling computer monitors. He would go on to create his own computer monitor companies before founding VIZIO in 2002.    During this podcast, William discusses his work ethic, the decision to […]

  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Scott Mantz, Film Critic

    Scott Mantz is a film critic and co-Founder of the LA Online Film Critics Society. He was resident film critic and film segment producer for “Access Hollywood” from 2008-2018. He now reviews movies for Collider and appears regularly on a number of TV shows including the KTLA 5 Morning News. Scott is also a longtime member of both the Producers Guild of America and the Broadcast Film Critics Association. During this podcast, Scott reveals how he became a film critic, he discusses […]

  • Dodgers player Ross Stripling gives KTLA's Frank Buckley some pitching advice ahead Frank's ceremonial first pitch on June 18, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    With Help From Dodgers Pitcher Ross Stripling, Frank Buckley Gets Ready to Throw 1st Pitch at Tuesday’s Game

    KTLA’s Frank Buckley will throw the ceremonial first pitch ahead of Tuesday evening’s Dodgers match against the San Francisco Giants. To prepare, Frank got some practice with All-Star Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling. The home game starts at 7:10 p.m. This segment aired on the KTLA 5 Morning News on June 18, 2019.

  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Bernie Taupin, Elton John Songwriter/Visual Artist

    Bernie Taupin is a songwriter whose five decades long collaboration with Elton John is considered to be the most successful songwriting partnerships in history is chronicled in the new film “Rocketman.” Bernie and Elton’s songs have resulted in 35 gold and 25 platinum albums along with 30 Top 40 hits in the U.S. Bernie is also a lifelong visual artist who started concentrating on painting in the 1990s later sculpture. His visual art exhibition “Bernie Taupin: The Artist, The Raconteur […]

  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Tembi Locke, Actress/Author

    Tembi Locke is an actress and author of “From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home.” The literary debut details her love affair with her late husband, Saro, a chef from Sicily whose family initially rejected Tembi and refused to attend their wedding because he was marrying a black actress from America. Saro’s mother and family eventually did embrace them and their daughter, Zoela. But then tragically Saro was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. During this […]

  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Carrie Preston, Actress

    Carrie Preston is an actress currently starring as “Polly” on TNT’s “Claws” which premieres its third season on June 9th. The show is about five manicurists in a South Florida nail salon who are also involved in the underworld. Carrie is also known for roles on TV including her Emmy-winning portrayal of Elsbeth Tascioni on “The Good Wife” and as waitress Arlene Fowler on “True Blood.” Carrie has also appeared on Broadway in “Festen” and “The Rivals,” and in numerous […]

  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Akbar Gbajabiamila, “American Ninja Warrior” Host/Author

    Akbar Gbajabiamila is a host of NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” which begins its 11th season on May 29th. Akbar is also the author of a new book “Everyone Can Be A Ninja: Find Your Inner Warrior and Achieve Your Dreams.” He is a former NFL player and sports broadcaster. During this podcast, Akbar discusses growing up as one of seven children of Nigerian immigrants in the Crenshaw community of Los Angeles, he talks about how he cried the first time he […]

  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Valerie Jarrett, Former Sr. Advisor to President Obama

    Valerie Jarrett served as senior advisor to President Barack Obama overseeing the White House Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. She was also chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls. Jarrett is the author of the new book “Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward.” During this podcast, she discusses her life and career including her longtime friendship with the Obamas dating back to her days as deputy chief of […]

  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Bob Bergen, ‘Porky Pig’ Voice Over Artist

    Bob Bergen is an actor and voice over artist best known as the voice of Porky Pig. This year, he’s celebrating 29 years of acting in the voice of that character. Bob is also the voice of Tweety, Luke Skywalker in Star Wars video games, Winter Soldier in Avengers Assemble and countless voices in animated features including A Bug’s Life, Cars, Finding Nemo and many more. Bob has voiced hundreds of commercials and he’s the imaging branding voice for numerous […]

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