A veteran communicator who practiced print and digital journalism at some of the nation's top news media brands: The Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune and NPR.
An experienced, innovative journalist who deftly shifted from newsprint to digital, Frank has helped chronicle the story of our times. He’s had the chance to observe history in the making and explain it to a combined audience of millions.
From the Space Shuttle Challenger investigation to the first Democratic elections in South Africa, to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Microsoft antitrust trial, and the election of the U.S.’ first African-American president, Frank has witnessed and analyzed many of the defining events and trends of our era.
Omnivorously curious, Frank’s coverage of a wide array of topics during his career at The Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune and NPR prove his versatility. Among them were science, health care, economics, immigration, higher education, demographics, urban affairs and politics. He also started the homeland security, technology and privacy beats as a correspondent in the Tribune’s Washington bureau.
As the Internet wave crashed over traditional media, Frank surfed it, creating what he dubbed The Swamp, an award-winning blog about Washington and national politics that became widely popular and imitated. Later, he co-created NPR’s news blog, “The Two-Way“, and anchored the network’s “It’s All Politics” blog, winner of a 2010 Webby “People’s Voice” award.
Frank believes his career has been at the core of what makes humans distinct from other creatures. Ants and bees form social networks, so that’s not unique. Rather, it’s our ability and passion to connect with others through stories. Everyone and every institution has a story to tell, a desire to get the word out.
Frank is married to NPR acting national editor Vickie Walton-James. They have two children and live outside Washington, D.C. He spends much of his spare time sitting in gyms watching his children compete in high school and AAU basketball and occasionally coaching. He also has been honored to serve for nearly a decade on the board of trustees of Dickinson College, his alma mater.