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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

Russell Frank: We've Got to Get Ourselves Back to the Garden
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Russell Frank: We've Got to Get Ourselves Back to the Garden
156 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
"And what qualifies corporate types to call the shots at an institution of higher learning, anyway?" Russell Frank asks. "You don’t see too many academics on the boards of the corporations, do you?" [Read More]
Russell Frank: When the News Becomes the News
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Russell Frank: When the News Becomes the News
157 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Recent examples in the media have made reporters become the story — never a good thing, Russell Frank writes. [Read More]
Russell Frank: The Weekend Worrier Throws Caution to the Winds
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Russell Frank: The Weekend Worrier Throws Caution to the Winds
158 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Russell Frank takes a humorous look at how his family and friends' health mishaps can come in the least likely of ways. [Read More]
Russell Frank: This Is Your Brain in Cyberspace
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Russell Frank: This Is Your Brain in Cyberspace
159 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Internet overload is melting our brains and keeping us indoors, Russell Frank writes. [Read More]
Russell Frank: We Are Beautiful, Willful, Cranky and Magic
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Russell Frank: We Are Beautiful, Willful, Cranky and Magic
160 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Holiday travels have allowed Russell Frank to cross paths with people from all walks of life. [Read More]
Russell Frank: Farewell to a Dark Year
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Russell Frank: Farewell to a Dark Year
161 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
As the year ended with tragedy and sadness in State College, Russell Frank memorializes lost loved ones and asks all to provide comfort to those who need company. [Read More]
Russell Frank: ‘Tis the Season to Read Novels
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Russell Frank: ‘Tis the Season to Read Novels
162 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Russell Frank gives his reading list just before it's time to unwind for a few days for the holidays. [Read More]
Russell Frank: Seeing Something and Saying Something
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Russell Frank: Seeing Something and Saying Something
163 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
No matter how small the slight, it's time to speak up, Russell Frank writes. [Read More]
Russell Frank: The Semester in Ethics: A Brief Review
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Russell Frank: The Semester in Ethics: A Brief Review
164 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The Jerry Sandusky child-sex-abuse scandal provided a mountain of ethical questions to pose to a journalism class, writes Russell Frank. [Read More]
Russell Frank: Normalcy Isn't Good Enough
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Russell Frank: Normalcy Isn't Good Enough
165 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Normalcy at Penn State means secrecy, Russell Frank writes. And returning to it, he believes, "would be a failure to learn and a missed opportunity to make this place better." [Read More]
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