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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

Lawsuit seeks more help for mentally ill jail inmates

Civil rights lawyers representing mentally ill former inmates say many of them end up homeless and back in jail within weeks or months.

3 arrested in murder of Downey police officer

Officer Ricardo Galvez was fatally shot at about 11 p.m. Wednesday in an apparent "botched robbery." Three suspects, including one juvenile, are in custody.

Paris attacks: 120 thought dead in 6 incidents

Five attackers may have been killed and more than 120 victims may have died in six deadly incidents in Paris, according to the city's prosecutor.

LAPD union says 'Preservation of Life' award will endanger cops

Police union leaders warn Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck's effort to encourage less use of force could lead to officer deaths.

Officer Involved: Black people shot at disproportionate rate

Police in Los Angeles County fatally shoot black people at triple their proportion in the population, an analysis by KPCC has found.

Officer Involved: The black box of police shooting investigations

Law enforcement agencies aren't required to report data on police shootings, and few do.

Officer Involved: Unarmed and dangerous?

One in four people shot by officers in L.A. County between 2010 and 2015 was unarmed, and only one LAPD officer during that time was fired for violating policy.

Officer Involved: ‘I see heroes’

Most officers will go their entire career without shooting at anyone. Among the shootings that took place during the five years KPCC reviewed, many involved life-saving acts of bravery.

LAPD officers shoot, kill suspect after rear window shattered

The officers exited the vehicle and shot a suspect, who died at the scene. Police have yet to determine what broke the window, and no firearm was recovered.

LAPD to issue Tasers to all officers

The move comes amid a national outcry over police shootings, and officials hope equipping officers with the weapons will reduce the probability of lethal force.

Prison spending rises, even as inmate population plummets

A new study by the Public Policy Institute of California found that even as the state's prison population has dropped dramatically, spending on corrections went up.

Critics say overhaul of LA jails falls short

Attorneys representing former L.A. County jail inmates who are mentally ill argue landmark federal reforms fall short, failing to help people as they exit county jails.

'Rare' police helicopter shooting raises questions

Police officials say it's tricky shooting at a moving car from the air, as a San Bernardino Sheriff's deputy did Friday. The still unidentified man died.

Deputies shoot carjacker after restaurant standoff in Downey

LA County Sheriff’s deputies fatally shot a carjacking suspect who led authorities on a chase, then took hostages inside Chris & Pitts barbecue in Downey.

Jail suicide results in $1.6M settlement with LA County

Austin Losorelli was the son of an LAPD Lieutenant, who had been advised by a Sheriff's official that his mentally ill child would be safer behind bars.