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Russell Frank

A collection of Russell Frank's columns, titled “Among the Woo People: A Survival Guide for Living in a College Town," is available from the Penn State University Press. His columns for StateCollege.com won first place for commentary in the 2019 Society of Professional Journalists Keystone Chapter Best in Journalism contest. The winning columns: The Women’s March: Notes from New York, It’s Time to Change the Script and Mixed Messages at Bellefonte High. Frank is a member of the journalism faculty at Penn State. Before launching his academic career, he worked as a reporter, editor and columnist at newspapers in California and Pennsylvania. He is, by academic training, a folklorist (Ph.D., UPenn), which means, when you strip away the academic jargon, that he loves a good story. His views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State University.

Articles by Russell Frank

Sweet Hospitality
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Sweet Hospitality
4 days ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
In my next life I’m going to be a bed tester. I have slept in 15 beds this summer and I’m not done yet. By the end of September, I may sleep in as many as eight more. [Read More]
More American Madness
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More American Madness
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
If you watched the debates last week you might have noticed that gun control was hardly even a topic. The debates took place before the shootings in El Paso and Dayton – but after the shootings in Gilroy. Only two and three days after. [Read More]
Summer of ’69: The Moon, the Mets and a Camp in the Poconos
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Summer of ’69: The Moon, the Mets and a Camp in the Poconos
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The summer Neil Armstrong walked on the moon was an awkward time for me. I was too old for camp and too young for Woodstock. [Read More]
California Dreamin’ in Philly International
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California Dreamin’ in Philly International
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
As W.C. Fields never said, I spent a week in Philadelphia the other night. [Read More]
Primates, Pom-Poms and Penn State
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Primates, Pom-Poms and Penn State
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Scanning the inventory of one of the 19 Little Free Libraries in the State College area during a recent evening stroll, I zoomed in on the title that to my Mad Magazine-marinated brain warranted closer inspection: “The Cheese Monkeys.” [Read More]
Climate Crisis? What Climate Crisis?
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Climate Crisis? What Climate Crisis?
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The news media’s fixation on the words and deeds of the person in the White House means that if the president is silent about the most pressing issues of our time, the journos fall silent as well. [Read More]
Ask Me If I’m Sore
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Ask Me If I’m Sore
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The boy stood on the opposite bank from his grandfather, who had just crossed the creek on a bridge of rocks. “Grandpa,” he said, “I don’t think this is a good idea.” That kid, maybe 6 years old, was way smarter than I had been the day before. [Read More]
Meet Marty, My Toughest Interview
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Meet Marty, My Toughest Interview
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
It took me a while to coax speech out of Marty when I tried to interview her on Tuesday morning. At first I thought she was being a hyper-diligent employee, entirely focused on patrolling the aisles for spills, refusing to be distracted by a nosy reporter. [Read More]
To Smoosh or Not to Smoosh
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To Smoosh or Not to Smoosh
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
‘Tis green season, tra-la, tra-la, which means that it is also bug season, the time when our tolerance of the littlest among us is put to the test. [Read More]
For Once, They’ve Nabbed the Robbers with the Fountain Pens
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For Once, They’ve Nabbed the Robbers with the Fountain Pens
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Let’s get intertextual. Matt Taibbi’s “I Can’t Breathe,” meet Caitlin Flanagan’s “They Had It Coming.” Taibbi, Flanagan, meet Woody Guthrie’s “Pretty Boy Floyd.” [Read More]
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