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Frank Stoltze is an award-winning correspondent who currently covers criminal justice and public safety issues for KPCC.

Frank reports on racial bias, community policing, gangs, the use of force, technology, and generally what works and what doesn’t at law enforcement agencies in the region.

Over more than two decades in Southern California, Frank has covered L.A. City Hall, national political conventions and all manner of breaking news – from the Rodney King riots to wildfires, earthquakes and the death of Michael Jackson. His awards include Golden Mikes for coverage of Skid Row and a documentary on the historic recall of California Governor Gray Davis.

Frank was named a Distinguished Journalist by the L.A. Society of Professional Journalists and was twice awarded Radio Journalist of the Year by the L.A. Press Club. He was a Guggenheim Fellow at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Center on Media, Crime and Justice and USC’s Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism.

After graduating from Southern Methodist University, Frank first reported for radio in San Luis Obispo, covering the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. He is a contributor to NPR, the BBC, The Takeaway and The California Report. Frank is based at KPCC’s downtown bureau, a stone's throw from Central Market tortas.


Stories by Frank Stoltze

Unarmed homeless man shot by LA police had meth, pot in system

Caught on video by a bystander, the shooting of Charly Keunang was viewed by millions and sparked angry protests outside police headquarters in L.A. See his autopsy here.

LA Sheriff against subpoena power for civilian overseers

Activists say subpoena power is the only thing that will give a new civilian panel teeth to effectively watchdog the LA County Sheriff's Department.

Commission demands more teeth for Sheriff's Dept watchdog

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted to create the commission in the wake of a series of jail beatings and other scandals that prompted an FBI investigation and numerous indictments.

Police arrest man with loaded gun in car outside Biden event

Police arrested a man after a gun was found under his passenger seat outside a North Hollywood venue hosting Vice President Joe Biden.

New residents, homeless 'attract predators' to downtown LA

The LAPD's Central Division saw one of the biggest increases in crime, and officers downtown say a "target rich" environment has brought more criminals to the area.

LAPD officer shoots, critically wounds man in Venice

Its the second shooting of a person by LAPD officers in Venice in two months. The first man, who was unarmed and homeless, died.

10 LA Sheriff officials relieved of duty amid inmate abuse allegations

The move comes amid increased scrutiny of LA County's troubled jail system.

Spike in LAPD officer-involved shootings this year

The number peaked this week - a violent one where law enforcement officers at agencies across Los Angeles County fatally shot six people by Friday afternoon.

Mid-Wilshire police shooting: Suspect in struggle for Taser dies

The suspect, a 38-year-old Caucasian male, has been identified, but his name is not being released pending notification of next of kin, according to the Los Angeles coroner's office.

Man critical after being shot by police in Mid-Wilshire

An officer investigating vandalism in Mid-Wilshire shot a man with a skateboard after a struggle. A neighbor said he witnessed the shooting and thought it was excessive.

Crime in LA up, Beck says it's too early to know why

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says shorter prison sentences and increases in homelessness and gang activity are possible reasons for the surge in 2015's first six months.

Los Feliz LAPD shooting: Family ‘hoping for miracle’

Walter DeLeon remains in critical condition more than two weeks after being shot in the head by an LAPD officer. The agency won't name the shooter's partner.

LAPD to retrain all officers in 'de-escalation'

In light of public concern over police shootings, all 10,000 officers will be trained on de-escalating confrontations and approaching the mentally ill.

Ryu sworn in as first Korean-American LA City Council member

David Ryu is only the second Asian-American ever to serve on the Los Angeles City Council. He will replace termed-out former Councilman Tom LaBonge.

Supporters rally for unarmed man shot by police in Los Feliz

Walter William DeLeon was shot and critically wounded by an LAPD officer along Los Feliz Boulevard June 19. His family has called the shooting unjustified.