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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

Family of man shot by Long Beach police awarded $2.9 million

Long Beach police officers said they believed Tyler Woods was reaching for a gun in his waistband and shot him 19 times as he climbed on top of a roof following a foot chase.

All LAPD patrol officers will wear body cameras by 2018

The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday approved a $69.6 million plan to place body worn cameras on 7,000 Los Angeles patrol officers by the end of 2017.

LA City Council looks to revive LAPD body camera program

Earlier this year, the City Council balked at a $58 million dollar price tag for the camera system. A new report suggests savings from lawsuits could offset the cost.

Facing prison, former Sheriff Baca discloses he has Alzheimer's

Federal prosecutors want former L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca to serve six months in prison. Defense attorneys argue his Alzheimer's and reformer legacy warrant a lighter sentence.

Grim Sleeper serial killer sentenced to death

Lonnie Franklin Jr., who killed at least 10 women in South Los Angeles, has been sentenced to death. The so-called "Grim Sleeper" is one of L.A's most notorious killers.

Jurors debating fate of Grim Sleeper serial murderer

Jurors must decide between the death penalty and life in prison for one of L.A.'s most prolific serial killers. Lonnie Franklin Jr. murdered at least ten women in South L.A.

Botched shooting by deputies to cost LA County $7.5 million

The Board of Supervisors is expected on Tuesday to agree to pay $2.5 million to a man accidentally shot by sheriff’s deputies in West Hollywood two years ago—adding to a $5 million settlement paid to the family of a man killed in the same incident.

Grim Sleeper's first known victim testifies

In an unusual, move, L.A. prosecutors take testimony from a woman they say was attacked by the Grim Sleeper in the 1970s — before his killing spree.

Clinton ramps up SoCal appearances as primary nears

Hillary Clinton is packing her schedule with appearances in California as the primary election nears. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump also have appearances scheduled in SoCal this week.

Sanders shifts focus to California primary with rally in Carson

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders admits he faces a "steep climb" in his bid for the Democratic nomination, but he hopes a victory in California will give him a shot at a contested convention.

California may make lethal drugs for the death penalty

Amid decisions by pharmaceutical companies to block the sale of lethal drugs to prisons, California officials look to other sources — including their own pharmacies.

Victims testify in Grim Sleeper death penalty hearing

Many family members of Lonnie Franklin Jr.'s victims are asking for the death penalty for the convicted serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper."

Prosecutors say Grim Sleeper killed more women

Prosecutors arguing for the death penalty for Lonnie Franklin Jr. will introduce evidence this week that Franklin committed more murders than originally believed.

Franklin guilty of 'Grim Sleeper' serial murders

A Los Angeles jury has convicted Lonnie Franklin Jr., known as the "Grim Sleeper," in a string of gruesome killings of women in South Los Angeles.

Grim Sleeper: Closing arguments detail brutality of murders

Police allege Lonnie Franklin Jr. terrorized L.A. for decades, targeting mostly young black women. Prosecutors Tuesday described the murders in excruciating detail.