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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

San Bernardino to pay $650K in videotaped beating

In an extraordinarily fast response, the county said it had reached a settlement with Francis Jared Pusok, whose beating by deputies after he attempted to flee on horseback was caught on video.

Public safety, cleanups in proposed LA city budget

Increased property and hotel taxes are buoying the city budget. Mayor Garcetti wants to spend it on police, special cleanups, tree-trimming and sidewalk repairs.

LA may not be riding a crime wave, criminologists say

Crime is on the rise, but for how long and why? Criminologists say it's too early to say and are unconvinced by arguments that realignment is pushing crime rates up.

Critics: expansion of LAPD elite Metro teams raises concerns

Some community activists and police critics said Wednesday Mayor Garcetti's plan to assign teams to target crime in unfamiliar neighborhoods could hurt community policing efforts.

County budget focuses on improving jails, child welfare

L.A. County's proposed budget rose to $26.9 billion this year. Most of the slight increase will go to jails, public health, and foster care.

Man describes harrowing experience at hands of San Bernardino Sheriff’s deputies

Francis Jared Pusok spoke with KNBC about being beaten by deputies. A county supervisor worries what the county may have to pay as a result of the incident.

FBI launches investigation into beating by SB Sheriff deputies

The FBI has launched an investigation into whether San Bernardino Sheriff's deputies violated the civil rights of a man who was beaten Thursday after he led deputies on a pursuit on a horse.

LAPD body cams: Cloud storage raises concern

The LAPD plans to store thousands of hours of video collected from officers' body cameras in the cloud.

County recommends $5.3M to family of man killed by LA deputies

Jose de La Trinidad was unarmed and had his hands in the air, according to a lawsuit by his family, when sheriff's deputies opened fire in 2012.

Slava Voynov domestic violence case: his wife may be forced to testify

In California, prosecutors can subpoena domestic violence victims who may be unwilling to testify against their abuser.

Bypassing usual rules, Taser won LAPD's body cam business

Taser provided the LAPD with its first batch of body cameras in a deal that short-circuited city bidding rules. Now, Taser's in position to win even more LAPD business.

$7M annual cost estimate for LAPD body cameras

A spokesperson for the mayor says the money will come from federal grants, but also from the city general fund.

Taser use by San Bernardino Sheriff under scrutiny

The ACLU is seeking information on Taser use by the Sheriff in San Bernardino County. Amnesty International has previously pointed to 92 deaths in California caused by Tasers.

LA’s proposed communications system goes beyond 911

The new system, if completed, would allows police officers and firefighters to live stream vast amounts of video within and between agencies.

LA County halts overhaul of emergency communications system

The Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System was supposed to ease communication between police and fire departments.