Frank Stoltze Correspondent
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
News that North Korea exploded a nuclear test device sent waves of concern through the Korean-American community in Southern California. Los Angeles has the largest Korean community outside Seoul and many have family in South Korea.
Two weeks after increasing efforts to fight crime on Skid Row, LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief Bill Bratton say the program is paying off.
The Tribune Company Thursday ousted Los Angeles Times Publisher Jeffrey Johnson after he refused to cut staff at the paper. Tribune replaced Johnson with David Hiller, publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The move sparked concern inside and outside the paper about the future of the Times.
The LAPD and community leaders in Baldwin Village are grappling with the shooting death of a 3-year-old girl. The historically violent neighborhood tucked below the Santa Monica Freeway near Culver City hadn't seen a murder in nearly a year. The killing is a reminder of how tough it is to reduce violence in parts of LA.
Fifty officers began patrolling the streets of Skid Row over the weekend as part of the "Skid Row Safer City Initiative." The goal is to do what one crime prevention expert calls "broken windows" policing.
The LA City Council Wednesday rejected a proposed legal settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union that would have allowed people to sleep on the streets of Skid Row from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. The Mayor and LAPD had backed the plan. Skid Row businesses and residents opposed it.
Following weeks of debate, the LA County Human Relations Commission has voted to give a human rights award to Dr. Maher Hathout of the Islamic Center of Southern California. Some Jewish groups opposed honoring Hathout because of past statements he's made about Israel.
LAPD Chief Bill Bratton urged the City Council to approve a proposed settlement with the ACLU that reportedly would allow officers to clear homeless people off the streets of Skid Row during daytime hours. The chief says the number of homeless people in the area has increased dramatically since a federal court ruling earlier this year restricting police from arresting people for sleeping on the sidewalk.
Activists held a rally in downtown LA for Santos Reyes, who is serving 25 years to life under California's three strikes sentencing law. The activists say Santos' case is an example of what they call the injustice of the law.
The LA Business Council convened its fifth annual housing summit Thursday. Business, non-profit and political leaders focused on the $1-billion housing bond on the November ballot. They said the measure will help address the city's housing crisis.
Trial began Tuesday for George Weller, the elderly man charged with vehicular manslaughter for driving his car through the Santa Monica Farmers Market in 2003. Ten people were killed and dozens were injured.
The fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks was a wake-up call for many American Muslims. Some say they have endured slurs and increased scrutiny after 9/11, while others say they have used the attacks as an opportunity to teach about their religion.
The Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission is usually in the business of patching up the bonds among people. But the commission's plan to present an award to a prominent Southern California Muslim has prompted strong protests from some Jewish leaders.
Southern California Muslim leaders Thursday offered a mixed picture of the way they've fared in the five years since September 11. They said the backlash against Muslims has subsided, but discrimination continues.
LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa waited until Tuesday to endorse Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides. With only two months to go until Election Day, Angelides had hoped for Villaraigosa's support much earlier in the campaign.