About Me

     These days, Allan Dodds Frank practices journalism as a contributor to The Daily Beast and by working on a book about the world’s greatest white collar criminals.  He is also spearheading the creation by the Overseas Press Club of America of a worldwide database for journalists that is being funded by a Ford Foundation grant.

     As a principal of Meritas Partners, a management consulting firm, Frank also teaches executives how to write and talk effectively. He helps executives translate their strategic corporate communications into plain English that employees, customers and potential clients understand instantly. He transforms bland corporate jargon into precise and stimulating language.  He also trains executives to handle themselves calmly and get their messages out during radio and television interviews, even under adversarial or crisis conditions.
Allan Dodds Frank’s perspective and skills spring from his distinguished career in print and broadcast journalism, which spans almost every aspect of reporting and storytelling.  As a business news broadcaster for the last two decades, Allan Dodds Frank specialized in financial news with emphasis on complex white-collar crimes and terrorism stories. While primarily a television network correspondent, he often filed radio reports as well.
     He began his broadcasting career in 1988 at ABC News, where he was the first business investigative correspondent on network television.  Frank was featured as the reporter on the street for “Business World with Sander Vanocur” and appeared on "World News Tonight With Peter Jennings," "Good Morning America” and "Nightline with Ted Koppel."
At CNN and CNN/fn, Frank was the investigative correspondent for "Moneyline With Lou Dobbs."  At Bloomberg, Frank covered major legal and financial affairs events on television and radio and filed hundreds of wire service stories as well.

     During two decades in print, Allan Dodds Frank worked at the Anchorage Daily News as a reporter, photographer, columnist, state capitol bureau chief in Juneau and sports editor. At the Washington Star, he was a local and national staff writer responsible for the Justice Department beat until the newspaper folded and he joined the Washington Bureau of Forbes as a correspondent. At Forbes, Frank reported from 30 countries and, while serving as a senior editor in New York, created the first Forbes "Top 40" Richest Entertainers list.

     His assignments have ranged from bizarre feature stories to hard-core breaking news events, ongoing coverage of major legal issues and exclusive investigations of complicated people and subjects involved with big money. He has covered everything from sewer and school board meetings to the CIA and Congress; from business and politics in Latin and South America to the connections between global money laundering and terrorism. Throughout much of his career, Frank also has specialized in covering courts and the justice system. Among his feature stories: the last interview with Groucho Marx.

     As a supporter of high standards for journalists, Frank served as President of the Overseas Press Club of America from 2008-2010, a group founded by foreign correspondents to encourage the highest standards of professional integrity and skill in the reporting of news and to educate a new generation of journalists.   He also is a co-founder of Project Klebnikov, a worldwide collaboration by journalists to try to bring the killers of Paul Klebnikov, the Forbes bureau chief in Moscow, to justice.

     As a contributor to The Daily Beast on complex financial issues, Frank remains one of the nation’s top business investigative correspondents. At Bloomberg, he led coverage of Bernard Madoff, the AIG collapse, and court cases against Richard Grasso, Dennis Kozlowski, Martha Stewart and others. He also uncovered $500 million in fake bonds created by Refco and Bawag, an Austrian bank in the fraud that led to the collapse of Refco, which had been the biggest commodities firm in the United States.

     Frank also served as Anchor and Senior Correspondent for CNN and CNNfn.  During his tenure with the news network, he covered lead breaking stories primarily for "Moneyline with Lou Dobbs."  At CNN, he was on-the-ground reporting from the World Trade Center on 9/11 and filed investigative reports across a number of beats from terrorism to corporate corruption to financial markets. In 2002, he won the Gerald Loeb Award and a national Emmy Award for his reporting on the financing of terrorism.
Gerald Loeb Award
Emmy Award
Emmy Award
2002 Gerald Loeb Award
 in the television category
 "The Money Trail" by
Allan Dodds Frank and Lisa Slow
2002 Emmy Award
Best Story in a Regularly
Scheduled Newscast
"Enemy Within"
1992 Emmy Award
 Outstanding Coverage
of a Breaking News Story
"Who is Ross Perot?"
ABC News

     While at ABC News, Frank won an Emmy Award in 1992 for his work in exposing the inner workings of Ross Perot’s financial engineering for the Fort Worth airport.  In addition to the Gerald Loeb and Emmy Awards, Frank has won two National Headliner Awards, six Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild Front Page Awards and two Alaska Press Club Awards.  Frank is one of the inaugural judges for the new Liberty Media Awards and has also served as a judge on various National Press Club awards programs. He has been an active member of the New York Financial Writers’ Association, Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), The Society of Silurians, Sigma Delta Chi, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), The Society of Environmental Journalists and when in Washington, The National Press Club and White House Correspondents' Association.

     Frank holds a Master of Studies in Law and Ford Foundation Fellow in Journalism Honors from Yale Law School, a Masters of Science in Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Bachelor of Arts, with a concentration in American History, from Colgate University.

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