About Allan Dodds Frank

Allan Dodds Frank is an Emmy and Loeb Award-winning business investigative journalist whose career spans more than four decades of outstanding work for newspapers, magazines, network television, radio and leading internet news sites.

His predominant focus has been on business investigations involving complex financial transactions, white-collar crime, political campaign financing, international money laundering and terrorism. His reporting has included exclusives on the chicanery of Bernard Madoff, Donald Trump’s finances, the Clintons’ finances involving their Whitewater investment, the $20 billion fraud involving the Bank of Credit & Commerce International, Billy Carter being bribed by Col. Muammar Gaddafi and the CIA conducting illegal break-ins in Fairfax, VA.

Beyond those subjects, his dispatches span many aspects of reporting and storytelling, ranging from environmental investigations of the economics and pollution of the Everglades and of Chesapeake Bay to television specials with Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus as well as the last newspaper interview with Groucho Marx.

2002 Gerald Loeb Award in the television category “The Money Trail” by Allan Dodds Frank and Lisa Slow CNN
2002 Emmy Award Best Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast “Enemy Within” CNN
1992 Emmy Award
Outstanding Coverage
of a Breaking News Story
“Who is Ross Perot?”
ABC News

Supporting Journalism

He is also deeply involved in promoting excellence in journalism as a member of the board of The Overseas Press Club Foundation, which awards scholarships and internships to students determined to become foreign correspondents.  He also remains active in the Society of the Silurians, a New York City group of veteran journalists.  Frank was president of the Silurians from June 2013 to June 2015 and President of the Overseas Press Club of America from August 2008 through August 2010.  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.

In 2016, Frank chaired the judging of the Overseas Press Club’s Edward R. Murrow Award for the best documentary on television and several categories of the Silurians Awards, including best investigative reporting in newspapers. He also served as a judge in the Society of American Business Editors & Writers (SABEW) journalist contest.  As Overseas Press Club President, he won a Ford Foundation grant to create OPC Global Parachute – an effort to provide assistance to young reporters, particularly freelancers, who want to work overseas.


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.

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.

Print & Web

  • Investigative stories about complex white collar crime and corporate ethics – Bernard Madoff, AIG, Eliot Spitzer, Richard Grasso and the financial crisis.

Broadcast Television & Radio

  • ForbesSenior Editor, Washington Correspondent
  • The Washington StarNational Staff Writer, Metropolitan Staff
  • Anchorage Daily NewsBureau Chief/Editor/Reporter