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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

Measure C: 5 thorny questions ahead for LAPD discipline

Now that LA voters have decided they want more civilians on LAPD discipline panels by passing Measure C, the city council must figure out the details of how that will work.

LA City Council approves $9.2 billion budget

The council voted Thursday to approve a $9.2 billion budget for fiscal year 2017-2018. It calls for millions to cover services such as street and sidewalk repair, homelessness aid and police and fire protection.

5 things immigrant advocates want from LAPD in Trump era

Activists want LAPD's nearly 40-year-old directive against arrests made solely for immigrations violations amended in the face of a federal crackdown on those here illegally.

Police Commission holds hearing on LAPD-ICE cooperation

The commission hopes to allay fears the LAPD is working with federal immigration authorities. Some advocates say the department remains too close to ICE.

Sadness, frustration — reactions to Baca's prison sentence

A federal judge sentenced former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca to three years in prison in the jail abuse scandal. The sentence is less than federal guidelines recommend but more than what prosecutors sought.

Former Sheriff Baca sentenced to 3 years in prison

Ex-Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, 74, will serve three years in federal prison following his conviction in March for obstruction of justice, conspiracy and lying.

Bail system decried in ACLU report, but big insurers behind it

The report says insurers reap big profits while assuming very little risk for the $14 billion in bonds issued in the U.S. each year.

Black Lives Matter activist sues LAPD and city of LA

Activist Greg Akili claims officers wrongfully arrested him while he exercised his right to free speech by "upsetting and disrupting" a police commission meeting.

LAPD audit finds general compliance with body, dash cams

Still, more than 20 percent of officers in the West Bureau are not following all rules regarding the cameras, from uploading video to turning them on when required.

LA's Measure C upends politics around police discipline

The measure on the May 16 L.A. city ballot would allow an LAPD officer accused of major misconduct to ask that his case be heard by an all-civilian panel.

Inside a Loyola innocence project success

The law school's team had a remarkable four-week run between March and April, securing the release of three wrongly convicted men. We dissect one of the cases.

AirTalk’s LA Riots special: What happened 25 years ago

AirTalk listeners: Call in with your memories of the LA Riots that took place 25 years ago.

Deaths, 'self-inflicted violence' up in LA County jails

L.A. County's inspector general tells the Sheriff's Civilian Oversight Commission that jail inmates appear to be harming themselves more often lately.

Loyola’s Project for the Innocent scores another win

For the third time in a month, the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent has secured the release of a man it argued was wrongfully convicted.

5 things about the LAPD’s new de-escalation policy

The new policy requires LAPD cops to try a series de-escalation tactics, when possible, to try to avoid shooting people.