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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

How LAPD liaisons could help grieving families

The LAPD wants to hire liaisons as a comforting resource for the families of people shot by police. Despite the program's limits, one grieving mom supports the idea.

East Hollywood man killed by LAPD suffered from mental illness

The man was shot after coming into contact with officers, but it's unclear what prompted the shooting. Police say Marcelo Luna was carrying a "bayonet-like" object.

​LAPD motorcycle officer shoots, kills man in South LA

A motorcycle officer with the Los Angeles Police Department shot and killed a man during a traffic stop in South L.A. Tuesday afternoon, according to a department spokesman.

LA supervisor wants more implicit bias training at sheriff’s department

The call from Mark Ridley Thomas comes one week after the sheriff's department admitted a deputy killed an innocent black man in Compton.

Former LA County Sheriff Baca pleads not guilty to conspiracy

Leroy "Lee" Baca pleaded not guilty Friday to charges he tried to thwart a federal investigation into brutality inside county jails.

Man fatally shot by deputies was not carjacking suspect

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department now says an unarmed black man killed by deputies in Compton last month was not involved in a carjacking.

LA sheriff essentially bans deputies from shooting at moving cars

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department has changed its policy to essentially ban sheriff's deputies from shooting at moving vehicles, unless another threat is present.

Former LA Sheriff Lee Baca faces new conspiracy charges

The charges include conspiring to obstruct justice and obstructing justice in connection with his department’s efforts to block a federal investigation into the jails.

2 years later, shooting of Ezell Ford still mired in controversy

Ezell Ford's family says justice has stalled two years after the 25-year-old's death. Meanwhile, the LAPD officers who shot Ford say they're in limbo, too.

Former LA sheriff chooses trial over prison

Lee Baca opted to take his chances at trial rather than allow a federal judge to sentence him to up to five years in prison for lying to federal agents.

LAPD shooting in Watts draws criticism, praise

Amid a national debate about police shootings, a fatal shooting in Watts Monday night is drawing criticism and praise of L.A. police in a high-crime neighborhood.

As crime rises, LAPD promises to keep extra cops in South LA

After a spike in the murder rate earlier in the year, the LAPD set up a special operation to police South LA. Those officers will remain at least through summer.

LA County approves $10 million payout to wrongfully convicted man

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a $10.1 million payout to a Lynwood man who spent 20 years behind bars for a murder he did not commit.

Judge balks at Baca plea deal

A federal judge rejected a plea deal for former L.A. Sheriff Baca, saying the deal — with a maximum sentence of six months — would trivialize the seriousness of his offenses.

Dialogue seeks to improve LAPD-community relations

More than 100 people gathered for the "Days of Dialogue" meeting with LAPD officers.