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

Commissioner says CHP 'wounded' after freeway beating

The commissioner of the CHP says he was shocked and concerned by video of one of his officers repeatedly punching a woman he had pinned on the side of an L.A. freeway.

Duran endorses Shriver for powerful LA county supervisors seat

Bobby Shriver and Sheila Kuehl are locked in hotly contested race that's expected to draw big money from super PACs in the November runoff.

Tentative LA police contract spurs debate

The deal beefs up the overtime budget, but critics say Los Angeles can ill-afford to do so when it can't fill potholes.

Election 2014: Super PACs set stage for big spending in Shriver-Kuehl showdown

Now that Bobby Shriver has accepted spending limits, so-called independent expenditure committees could play a major role in the race.

Garcetti taps Rockefeller to make LA more ‘resilient’

It's an example of how Los Angeles' mayor reaches outside of government to get help with the city's problems, a change from his predecessor.

Pot advocates fail to qualify initiative for California ballot

Marijuana legalization advocates were hoping to follow Colorado and Washington, which legalized weed last year.

LA Mayor Garcetti creates nonprofit to fund city projects

The Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles already has raised more than $2 million, with "substantial commitments" for more, according to Garcetti spokesman Jeff Millman.

Supreme Court limits cellphone searches: What it means for you

The justices say cellphones are powerful devices unlike anything else police may find on someone they arrest. How will this affect L.A.?

LA sheriff candidate Tanaka testifies in misconduct trial

Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka tells a jury he never ordered deputies to hide an FBI informant, but agreed with their actions.

Mental health care in LA jails unconstitutional, says DOJ

Mental health care in Los Angeles County jails is so inadequate that it's unconstitutional, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

Voter turnout solution? Vote and you could win $1M!

Fernando Guerra is fed up with low voter turnout and pushed a radical proposal to increase turnout: everybody who casts a ballot would be eligible to win a million dollars!

2014 Election: The trouble with being a Calderon these days (Updated)

A brother and nephew of suspended State Senator Ron Calderon were both on Tuesday's ballot, but neither fared very well. Ian Calderon denied his uncle's woes affected him.

LA sheriff candidates on jail reform, pre-trial release

Many of L.A.'s prospective sheriffs agree on key issues, but there are important differences that voters should consider in the first open race for the position in nearly a century.

LA supervisors: HIV-positive and former addict, Duran is a rare candidate

The third district on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors includes Santa Monica, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Hollywood and most of the San Fernando Valley.

LA Supervisors candidates argue experience makes them best

Bobby Shriver, Sheila Kuehl and John Duran — all Democrats in the race to represent the 3rd district — all argued during a debate that their resume makes them best qualified.