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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

Family of unarmed man killed by deputies alleges wrongful death

Sheriff's deputies responding to a report of a fight near Paramount High School shot Oscar Alberto Ramirez. No weapon was ever found.

Da Vinci fire was maliciously set, ATF investigator says

Fire investigators have clarified what they meant when they announced that the Da Vinci Apartment Complex fire was an act of arson: Someone set the fire on purpose.

LA City Council: Labor backs Huizar after clash with Molina

Councilman Jose Huizar, a powerful downtown power broker, faces challenger Gloria Molina, an icon in LA Latino politics.The council primary is March 3.

LA Jails: Settlement with ACLU promises new reforms

A settlement approved by the county Tuesday calls for additional reforms to end what critics call a culture of abuse inside L.A. county jails.

Setbacks delay search for LA County’s Foster Care Czar

The newly configured Board of Supervisors decides to fire one headhunter and find another in its search for someone to lead child protection in LA County.

Beck finds officers broke policy in killing unarmed man after LAPD chase

In a recent report, the police commission rejected officers’ arguments that they feared for their safety following a high-speed pursuit that ended in a crash late last year.

Bocanegra concedes San Fernando Valley Assembly race

Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra concedes to challenger Patty Lopez. The Democrat vs. Democrat contest turned into one of the hottest races in California.

East LA's Ed Roybal to receive Medal of Freedom

President Obama has selected Edward R. Roybal to receive the nation's highest civilian honor. Roybal, who died in 2005, was a role mode in Latino politics.

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.