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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

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.

Police Commission considers policy changes for the LAPD

Among them: that the LAPD's use of force policy state that deadly force is a "last resort," and that the department release body cam footage after a shooting.

LA County to approve $1.5 million for man killed by deputy

Kenneth Rivera's sons sued the county after their father was shot in the back by an L.A. County Sheriff's deputy. A settlement in that case is expected this week.

LA County sheriff's sergeant shot, killed; suspect arrested

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Steve Owen was shot and killed on Wednesday, a department spokesperson said at a press conference.

LAPD releases security camera video in fatal police shooting

Police say the footage shows 18-year-old Carnell Snell Jr. was armed with a handgun when officers shot and killed him on Saturday.

Finally, former gangsters can set the record straight

Under a new law, police must inform anyone who is added to the state's gang member database. It also allows people to file an appeal and have their names removed.

LAPD says its taking better care of inmates

An audit last spring found that the LAPD wasn't checking on inmates often enough in its downtown jail. The department says they've since made reforms.

LAPD says its taking better care of inmates

An audit last spring found that the LAPD wasn't checking on inmates often enough in its downtown jail. The department says they've since made reforms.

California to use a new tool to track police shootings

On Thursday, the California Department of Justice launched a new database expected to shed new light on shootings, and other uses of force, by police officers.

California launches database to track police shootings

Under a new state law, all 800+ police agencies in the state must report serious use of force cases for 2016. That data will go online for the public in January.

Police Commission: 3 LAPD officers unjustified in fatal shootings

In a rare move, the civilian panel that oversees the LAPD decided three officers violated department policy in two separate shootings last year.

Sheriff seeks to build trust in South LA neighborhood

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department occasionally conducts what it calls public trust surveys. This time, it's focusing on an area near where controversial shootings have occurred.

FBI refuses to say why an agent killed a Compton man

While the Department of Justice has called for more transparency after police shootings, the FBI has given few details about the fatal shooting of David Coborubio.

Californians split over extent of police abuse, poll finds

State residents were asked if racial profiling and excessive use of force by police are significant problems in the U.S. and in California.