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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

The Sandusky Dust-up: Response to Readers
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The Sandusky Dust-up: Response to Readers
176 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Reaction to "The Sandusky Story: Too Much, Too Soon?" was split. After reading the comments, Russell Frank still believes the issue comes down to one thing: fairness. [Read More]
The Sandusky Story: Too Much, Too Soon?
Column
The Sandusky Story: Too Much, Too Soon?
177 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
"When I put the damage to (his) reputation on one side of the scale and the public’s interest in knowing about the case on the other," Frank says, "the damage to reputation weighs more." [Read More]
A Loosing Battle
Column
A Loosing Battle
178 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
"Slobs don't get jobs," Russell Frank tells his students. Yet, from the papers he grades to a sign in Grand Canyon National Park, mistakes are everywhere. [Read More]
Making the Trains Run on Time: A New York Story
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Making the Trains Run on Time: A New York Story
179 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
At a subway in Queens, Russell Frank meets The Man—"the wielder of arbitrary power." The police officer's dubious mission? Stopping a father from holding the doors for his child. [Read More]
Herblock in the Hosbog: Musings on the Political Cartoonist with the 'Saber-Toothed' Pen
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Herblock in the Hosbog: Musings on the Political Cartoonist with the 'Saber-Toothed' Pen
180 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The devil's walkingstick is a terribly vicious plant ringed with thorns. Studying the life of a political cartoonist, Russell Frank can't help but draw a comparison. [Read More]
To Herblock and to Spring Flowers: Postcard from Washington
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To Herblock and to Spring Flowers: Postcard from Washington
181 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Call it "federal bureaucrat fantasy camp." Russell Frank reports from a working vacation in D.C., where he's doing an oral history project on arguably the greatest political cartoonist of all time. [Read More]
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Drunkenness
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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Drunkenness
182 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
"In the streets of Tunis, Cairo, Manama, Tripoli and Sana’a, masses of people are demanding civil liberties," writes Russell Frank. "In the streets of State College, the masses asserted their right to get wasted." [Read More]
Mr. Caucasian Goes to Washington
Column
Mr. Caucasian Goes to Washington
183 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
On a recent trip to DC, Russell Frank took a tour of his tax dollars at work. "At Education," he writes, "I went behind the building to reassure myself that no child had been left there." [Read More]
Fly Me to the Moon. Don’t Charge Me for Snacks
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Fly Me to the Moon. Don’t Charge Me for Snacks
184 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
A case of cabin fever sends Russell Frank to Virgin Galactic’s website to investigate lunar tourism. A seat on "SpaceShipTwo" awaits—for $200,000. [Read More]
Keeping the Bloom on the Rose: A Valentine’s Day Guide
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Keeping the Bloom on the Rose: A Valentine’s Day Guide
185 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Devotion--not drudgery--is what comes after falling in love, writes Russell Frank. [Read More]
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