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Russell Frank

Russell Frank worked as a reporter, editor and columnist at newspapers in California and Pennsylvania for 13 years before joining the journalism faculty at Penn State in 1998. He roots for the Yankees, plays blues guitar and harmonica (badly), bikes and hikes for physical exercise and does The New York Times crossword puzzle for mental exercise. He is, by academic training, a folklorist (Ph.D., UPenn), which means, when you strip away all the academic jargon, that he loves a good story. He is the author of "Newslore: Contemporary Folklore on the Internet." His views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State University.

Articles by Russell Frank

Bidding Farewell to an ‘Exquisite’ State College October
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Bidding Farewell to an ‘Exquisite’ State College October
180 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
"Even when the calendar flipped to November," writes Russell Frank, "and the last of the Reese’s and KitKat bars disappeared from the trick-or-treat bowl, I found the confluence of cosmic and cultural order oddly satisfying." [Read More]
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The Real Media Bias? I Spend, Therefore I Am
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The Real Media Bias? I Spend, Therefore I Am
181 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
"Frugality, once considered a virtue, has become a vice," writes Russell Frank. "Saving is akin to hoarding. Borrowing is better than paying down debt." [Read More]
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Just Don't Call Him the Absent-Minded Professor
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Just Don't Call Him the Absent-Minded Professor
182 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
"We come into the world naked," writes Russell Frank, "but we leave the house every day burdened with, at a minimum, keys, identification, money, phone." [Read More]
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Railing against Public Transportation
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Railing against Public Transportation
183 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
"Remember the Maglev?" writes Russell Frank. "A high-speed train line across Pennsylvania was much talked about in the go-go '90s. Ah, but we were a prosperous people in those days." [Read More]
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Just Don’t Call It an Off-Year Election
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Just Don’t Call It an Off-Year Election
184 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The challenge: Convincing people that in a nation of 213 million eligible voters and a system awash in corporate influence, their one little vote -- and their one little voice -- matters. Russell Frank makes the case. [Read More]
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A Love Affair with 'Beatrice,' the GPS Guide
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A Love Affair with 'Beatrice,' the GPS Guide
185 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Beatrice was a simple country girl at heart. She adroitly got us to campgrounds and country inns, but seemed utterly bewildered by one-way streets and, I soon discovered, airport access roads. [Read More]
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Rah, Rah, Rah—Blah, Blah, Blah
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Rah, Rah, Rah—Blah, Blah, Blah
186 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
"My first impulse when I read this stuff is to mime jamming my index finger down my throat," Russell Frank writes. "Man, I mutter, did they drink the blue Kool-Aid, or what?" [Read More]
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An Autopsy of the Terry Jones Coverage
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An Autopsy of the Terry Jones Coverage
187 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The debate about whether a Florida pastor’s plans to burn the Koran should have been covered drowned out a more important question: How should the story have been covered? [Read More]
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Russell Frank: OK, So It Isn't THE Grand Canyon
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Russell Frank: OK, So It Isn't THE Grand Canyon
188 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
A visit to Pine Creek Gorge—referred to by locals as the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon—reveals a beautiful landscape accessible by a 62-mile rail trail. [Read More]
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Russell Frank: Why You Should Ask Your Kids for Receipts
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Russell Frank: Why You Should Ask Your Kids for Receipts
189 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Russell Frank asked his journalism students to keep a running list of the lies they told over the first week of classes. The results may (or may not) surprise you. [Read More]
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