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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 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.

My Season as a Couch Potato


Like many of you, I’ve watched a lot of movies and TV shows in the past six months, way more than usual. I can’t even remember what I used to do with my pre-pandemic evenings – read, I suppose. Oh yeah, and go places.

One Must Have a Mind of Winter


The thrill of a snow day has a double resonance. I think of my own long-ago childhood, but I also think of winters when my children were in school. As the family’s earliest riser, my job was to tune in WPSU and wait for Bruce Fleischer to announce the day’s school closures and delays.