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
  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Bethany Hamilton, Surfer

    Bethany Hamilton is a professional surfer who was attacked by a tiger shark while surfing off Kauai in 2003 when she was 13 years old. Her left arm was bitten off in the attack. Her life is the subject of the new film “Unstoppable” playing in theaters now. During this podcast, Bethany discusses her life as a competitive surfer, wife, and mother to young children. She reveals what it was like to recover from the attack and to find a […]

  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Professor Charles Elachi, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director (2001-2016)

    Dr. Charles Elachi is Professor (Emeritus) of Electrical Engineering and Planetary Science at the California Institute of Technology. He was the Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 2001 to 2016. During his tenure as JPL Director, JPL launched 24 missions into space. Professor Elachi is featured in the KCET original “Blue Sky Metropolis,” a four-part documentary miniseries about the history of aerospace in Southern California premiering on July 14th at 8 p.m. on KCET followed by airings on PBS […]

  • Frank Buckley Interviews: Jim Acosta, CNN Chief White House Correspondent/Author

    Jim Acosta is CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent. He is the author of the New York Times best seller “The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America.” The book takes readers behind the scenes of his reporting on the Trump White House and his confrontations with President Trump and the Trump Administration. During this podcast, Jim talks about the challenges of covering and fact-checking President Trump, and he discusses CNN’s fight to restore his […]

  • Mark, Frank and Sam Grill Up Their Favorite July 4 Recipes

    Mark Kriski, Frank Buckley and Sam Rubin are always talking about how they are the best at grilling and like to brag about their recipes. They got to put their skills to the test during Jessica’s July 4 party. Mark made steaks, Frank made shrimp and Sam made salmon, with help from his sous chef, Megan Henderson. Watch as the three compete for King of the Grill, along with some funny mishaps along the way. Mark, Frank and Sam were […]

  • Jessica’s July 4 Lunch And Dessert Is Served

    Now that the crew is done grilling, it’s time to eat! Jessica, Megan, Frank, Sam and Mark sat down for a tasty July 4 lunch that also included a little fun: The team played a game of Fourth of July trivia. Find out just how patriotic they are. The crew also enjoyed a delicious grilled peaches and cream dessert made by Jessica and Megan. This segment aired on California Cooking With Jessica Holmes Episode 38. Grilled Peaches and Cream Ingredients […]

  • 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 […]

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