Professor Frank worked for newspapers in California and Pennsylvania as a reporter and editor for 12 years before joining the College of Communications faculty in 1998. He teaches news writing, feature writing, news media ethics and the literature of journalism. Frank writes about journalism ethics, literary journalism and Internet folklore. He also writes a weekly column for StateCollege.com online.
His work has been published in Nieman Reports, News Media Ethics, Quill, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Western Folklore, Journal of American Folklore, New Media and Society, Contemporary Legend, Journalism, Rural Sociology and Journalism and Mass Communication Educator. He authored a book about Internet folklore titled "Newslore."