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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

Etiwanda Fire burns into second day; 53 percent containment

Authorities say the wildfire east of L.A. did not grow overnight and is 53 percent contained. They hope calmer winds will let firefighting helicopters take to the air.

Garcetti’s attorney sues for access to DWP nonprofit records

The lawsuit follows one by City Controller Ron Galperin that seeks to force DWP union leader Brian D'Arcy to disclose how $40 million was spent.

DWP union vows appeal of judge's audit ruling

The utility and its union jointly operate training institutes that are funded with taxpayer dollars. The battle continues over how the funds are spent.

Feinstein backs Padilla in tight Secretary of State race

L.A. State Senator Alex Padilla got a boost when Leland Yee withdrew his candidacy, but this may still be a highly competitive race in June.

Fight over $40 million in DWP union money enters new phase

If a judge issues an order as expected Tuesday, LA City Controller Ron Galperin can soon start digging through the books of two DWP-controlled safety and training institutes.

City of Bell shouldn't count on being paid back by Rizzo, Spaccia

Former officials Robert Rizzo and Angela Spaccia were ordered to pay the city almost $9 million as part of their sentencing, but both are said to be broke.

Friction lingers among Asian-Americans over affirmative action

A recent fight over reinstating affirmative action at California public universities has the community's political class debating the issue among themselves.

Alert to homeowners: property tax hike may be in your future

As home values go up again, so do property taxes. L.A. County will reassess 345,000 homes to provide additional revenue for discretionary spending.

LA County budget proposes hiring hundreds of nurses, social workers

"The county continues to emerge from an extremely difficult economic period," said LA County CEO Bill Fujioka. The board of supervisors must approve his budget.

LA Sheriff's race: The many faces of Paul Tanaka

The former second-in-command at the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. may be the best known candidate in the race to succeed Lee Baca, but he's also a lightening rod for criticism.

‘Breitbart California’ blog launches, draws fire for Pelosi poster

The right-leaning and sometimes provocative Breitbart News Network adds a focus on the Golden State and comes out of the gate blasting.

LA Chamber backs Bobby Shriver in supervisor race

The influential group says he "will keep the county on the fiscally responsible track." An opponent's camp says this confirms Shriver "is the candidate of downtown business interests."

Independent groups will raise money for Shriver in LA County race

His rejection of spending limits puts a cap on donations to his campaign for supervisor, but committees working on his behalf can solicit unlimited gifts.

Video: Sheriff candidates debate ‘mass incarceration’ and more

As L.A. County faces an influx of jail inmates under California's prison realignment plan, activists on Thursday night will ask sheriff candidates about solutions.

LA Democrats back Kuehl over Shriver in supervisors race

L.A. County Democrats on Wednesday announced endorsements in key local races, including what's expected to be an expensive battle for a coveted Board of Supervisors seat.