Frank Stoltze Correspondent

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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

Lacey: Changes needed in handling of mentally ill

L.A. District Attorney Jackie Lacey has said diverting more mentally ill people from jail into treatment is a top priority. Her report suggests a new strategy.

4 biggest challenges facing LA Sheriff-elect Jim McDonnell

Jim McDonnell will take the helm of a massive agency facing multiple federal investigations. We take a look at the greatest challenges he faces as he takes office next month.

GOP takes Senate, but not California, in hard-fought races

Democrats won outright or were poised to win highly contested Southern California seats. Still, retirements and redistricting mean a flotilla of freshmen are headed to Capitol Hill.

Election 2014: Kuehl wins LA Supervisors Race (and other local election results)

Labor unions helped retired state legislator Sheila Kuehl best Bobby Shriver to win a seat on the powerful Los Angeles Board of Supervisors.

Kuehl, Shriver discuss accountability in final debate

Election 2014: At Encino debate, Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver discuss accountability on the powerful L.A. County Board of Supervisors.

Election 2014: We fact check 2 ads in the Shriver/Kuehl race

Two political ads by Bobby Shriver deserve a closer look. One could easily mislead readers. The other overstates Sheila Kuehl's role in the state Legislature.

Sheriff frontrunner McDonnell cautious on citizen oversight

Election 2014: During a weekend forum, Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell reiterated his support for a Sheriff's oversight panel. Paul Tanaka did not attend.

Ezell Ford killing: City says LAPD officers acted in self-defense

The August 11 shooting of Ezell Ford in South LA triggered numerous protests and comparisons to the police killing of Michael Brown in Missouri.

Report: Use of force against inmates up at LA jails

The increase in use of force by LA County deputies against inmates comes as the agency seeks to transform itself amid multiple federal investigations into corruption and civil rights violations.

Election 2014: Kuehl, Shriver differ on landmark environmental law

Both Board of Supervisors candidates say CEQA can be too onerous for developers, but Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver give different views when asked about one big project.

Election 2014: Labor Super PAC raises $935K for Kuehl in race with Shriver

Labor unions are coming to the aid of Sheila Kuehl in the race for L.A. County Supervisor against the well-connected Bobby Shriver, who is supported by business groups and wealthy individuals.

LA County jails: Feds seek oversight to improve plight of mentally ill

Mentally ill jail inmates in Los Angeles face poor living conditions and inadequate health care, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

LA County supervisors: 6 key questions facing Kuehl, Shriver

Most voters ignore the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, even though it is the single most powerful group of elected officials in the region.

Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo shot and killed; wife held

Bell Gardens' mayor Daniel Crespo has been shot during a domestic dispute; police are holding his wife, Levette, who allegedly shot him several times.

Woman punched by CHP officer settles for $1.5 million

A woman struck by a California Highway Patrol officer in a videotaped incident will receive $1.5 million under a settlement, and the officer has agreed to resign.