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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

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.

Tanaka remains lightning rod in LA Sheriff’s race

During one of the last debates of the campaign, Paul Tanaka's rivals accused the former second in command of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department of allowing misconduct. Is it just politics?

Jury deliberates in trial of deputy accused of thwarting FBI probe

Closing arguments came Tuesday in the case of an L.A. County sheriff's deputy who says he was acting on the orders of higher-ups, including former Sheriff Lee Baca.

Activists call for citizen oversight of LA Sheriff

With deputies on trial for jail inmate abuse, allegations of racist policing and bad hiring practices, a community group proposes a solution.

Election 2014: Shriver, Kuehl clash over Westside subway

The candidates for LA County Supervisor debated the value of considering alternatives to the controversial plan to tunnel under Beverly Hills High School.

LA council president questions mayor's DWP union strategy

Herb Wesson says he'd like to see L.A.'s top officials — the mayor, city attorney and city controller — make more of an effort to negotiate with the powerful union.

LA NAACP vows to move beyond Sterling

The venerable civil rights organization held its annual dinner Thursday night. It originally was to include an honor for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

CA governor’s race: GOP candidates to debate Thursday

This may be the only time that State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly and investment banker Neel Kashkari face each other before the June primary election.

MWD to spend more than $20M on seismic upgrades for its HQ

Officials say the Metropolitan Water District's 12-story downtown LA building is safe, but may not be functional after a major earthquake.

MWD staff urges HQ upgrade at cost of at least $20M

Metropolitan Water District staff say the agency needs to spend more than $90 million to have its headquarters meet code requirements for an "essential facility."

NAACP Riverside chapter award to DA Zellerbach stirring controversy

Some question honoring District Attorney Paul Zellerbach, who faces a rocky re-election bid next month after allegedly tampering with his opponent's campaign signs.

LA sheriff’s race: Todd Rogers says his insider status is an asset

To another competition of sorts...for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's spot. One of the seven candidates running is currently an assistant sheriff. Todd Rogers says he's frustrated by the problems he sees -- and he's the man to fix them.