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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

San Bernardino cops reflect one year after terrorist attack

One year after a mass shooting left 14 dead and 22 injured, Chief Jarrod Burguan says his department is forever changed and is investing in tools to prevent terror.

Mosques ask congregations to be vigilant after threatening letters

After a handful of local mosques received the letters, local Islamic leaders are telling their congregations to go about their business — but to be wary and contact police if needed.

Judge defers ruling on LA Sheriff Baca Alzheimer’s defense

The federal judge said he will issue a written ruling on whether to allow the testimony of an Alzheimer’s expert in the upcoming trial of the former L.A. sheriff.

3 things to know about police bias and the LAPD

The Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday promised more steps to address any explicit and implicit biases among offers, though challenges remain. Here are some takeaways.

LAPD report on biased policing finds problem is more perception than reality

The report details reforms in effect and a trained, diverse department. Critics say it fails to acknowledge African-Americans' experiences.

Criminal justice reforms roll on in California

After decades of enacting longer prison sentences and building more lockups, California is relaxing its criminal penalties, much to the chagrin of police leaders.

LA County jail problems linger with big legal settlements

An FBI investigation and Blue Ribbon panel has led to big reforms in LA county jails. But jail deaths from many years ago are still being settled in court.

Inglewood officials mum on police shooting that killed 2

The February shooting has gotten far less attention than other shootings by the LAPD and L.A. Sheriff's Department, but activists say it is nonetheless troubling.

Family of Ezell Ford reaches conditional settlement in wrongful death suit

Ezell Ford was fatally shot by police in August 2014. The District Attorney's office has not yet said whether it plans to bring charges against the officers.

New sheriff’s oversight commission called ‘game changer’

The nine member commission is charged with watchdogging the sprawling sheriff's department, and adding a new layer of accountability at the county.

LA supervisors to vote on civilian oversight of sheriff

After three years of wrangling, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors is expected to approve a 9-member civilian panel to watchdog the sheriff's department.

Hahn, Napolitano vie for powerful Los Angeles county seat

The race to succeed current supervisor Don Knabe on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors pits one of his top deputies against a big name in L.A. politics.

Los Angeles sued over gang injunctions affecting thousands

The suit says an estimated 10,000 mainly black and Latino men face parole-like restrictions without having a previous court hearing or other chance to prove they aren't gang members.

A tough night in South LA for District Attorney Jackie Lacey

It was supposed to be a community town hall with L.A. County's top prosecutor engaging in a Q&A with community activists and residents. It wasn't.

Police Commission approves sweeping reforms for LAPD

The reforms are aimed at reducing the number of officer-involved shootings in LA. Among them: Re-writing the LAPD's policy to make lethal force a last resort.