Frank Stoltze


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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

ACLU seeks closure of downtown LA's Men's Central Jail

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California sought to apply pressure to Los Angeles County today to close its downtown jail. The civil rights group said while the county's made improvements at the facility, it remains one of the worst lock-ups in the nation. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano visits Southland

Federal Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano visited the Southland today. She toured Los Angeles International Airport and the ports of L.A. and Long Beach. KPCC's Frank Stoltze caught up with the secretary as she spoke with reporters on the Coast Guard station athletic field on Terminal Island.

Governor promises vigorous campaign for ballot measures

Governor Schwarzenegger promises a vigorous campaign for six budget measures on a special May 19 ballot. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says the governor has a lot of work to do.

LA city labor unions present ideas to save money, jobs

Hoping to avert layoffs, labor unions that represent Los Angeles city employees plan to present money-saving ideas for the city tomorrow. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says union leaders are calling it an “efficiency summit.”

State to house special inmates in Lancaster, despite opposition

State prison officials today said they’ll proceed with plans to house special needs inmates at the lock-up in Lancaster, despite opposition from the city’s mayor. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Angels pitcher Adenhart killed in hit-and-run car crash

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two other people died in car crash shortly after midnight – just hours after the rookie major leaguer pitched at Angels stadium in Anaheim. Adenhart was 22 years old. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Governor Schwarzenegger asks for federal stimulus money for education

Governor Schwarzenegger today asked the federal government for $5 billion in stimulus money for education. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports that the governor hopes to reduce the number of teacher layoffs in California.

2 indicted for faking funerals, collecting insurance

A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has indicted two women for cashing life insurance policies on people who’d never lived. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

Couple faces one-two-three punch in bad economy

Tens of thousands of Southern Californians have lost their jobs this past year. Economists predict that the number will reach into the hundreds of thousands by December. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports that some families have faced a double whammy.

LAPD cop sentenced for insurance fraud, filing false report

A Los Angeles judge today sentenced former veteran LAPD officer Anthony Razo to a year in jail. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports that Razo had pleaded guilty to insurance fraud, and to filing a false police report, in a closely watched case at the department.

LA county supervisors request federal government relax welfare rules

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has asked the federal government to relax eligibility requirements for welfare recipients. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

Mayor Villaraigosa proposes cutbacks for city employees to avoid layoffs

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today said the city will have to lay off nearly 3,000 employees, unless those workers agree to forgo pay raises. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says that’s not all the mayor wants from L.A.’s 40,000 city workers.

Mayor Villaraigosa says city faces layoffs unless employees agree to cutbacks

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says the city will be forced to lay off thousands of workers unless employees agree to cutbacks in pay and benefits. Los Angeles faces plummeting tax revenues and a projected $530 million budget deficit for the fiscal year that starts July 1st. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has more.

Schwarzenegger appoints LA City Controller Chick to audit federal stimulus money

Governor Schwarzenegger today appointed Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick to the newly created position of state inspector general. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports her job will be to watchdog California’s share of federal stimulus dollars.

Police arrest suspect in hit and run of USC student

Los Angeles Police say they’ve arrested the driver in the hit-and-run death of a USC freshman. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says police have not yet named the suspect or arrested two passengers in the car.