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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

FBI Urges Vigilance at Security Seminar for Synagogues

The Anti-Defamation League convened a security seminar for Southland Jewish institutions Wednesday. Israel's war with Hezbollah and this summer's shooting at the Jewish Federation building in Seattle have raised concerns about a possible attack during the upcoming High Holy days.

LA City Workers Hit the Picket Lines

Members of the Engineers and Architects Association began a two-day strike Tuesday morning to call for higher wages. The union has been without a contract since 2004.

Buena Park Man Released from Federal Detention

Abdel Jabbar Hamdan of Buena Park spoke out as a free man yesterday for the first time in more than two years after a judge ordered him released from detention.

Compton Looks to the Future

The final part of a three-part series on Compton's struggle to reduce violence looks at efforts to turn the city around. A shopping mall, parks and youth programs are just some of the things that city officials have in store.

Racial Tensions Contributing to Compton Violence

Gang violence so far this year in Compton is down, but a recent weekend saw four people killed. Police and activists say racial tensions between black and Latino gangs is exacerbating the problem. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports in part two of a three-part series.

Violence Returns to Compton

In part one of a three part series, KPCC's Frank Stoltze looks at the city's ongoing struggle with violence. Murders were down for the first half of this year, but recently went up after the LA County Sheriff's department pulled deputies out of the city. Those deputies are once again patrolling the streets in an effort to stop the violence.

Life Inside a Gang

Ezequiel Arellano joined the Playboys gang at the age of 9, but in the past year he's disavowed gang life and is working to make sure other kids don't follow his path.

Federal Judge Orders Release of Alleged Hamas Supporter

The ACLU is calling on the federal government to release a Buena Park man accused of supporting terrorism. On Thursday and again Friday, a federal judge ordered 45-year-old Abdel-Jabbar Hamdan to be freed. But the government says he is a security risk and has vowed to keep him locked up. ACLU attorney Ranjana Natarajan represents Hamdan. She spoke with KPCC's Frank Stoltze about the case.

New Anti-Terrorism Center Opens

The FBI and local police on Tuesday opened a new Joint Regional Intelligence Center to fight terrorism. For the first time, the center puts anti-terrorism analysts from numerous agencies under one roof.

Quake Early Warning System Still in the Works

KPCC's Frank Stoltze talks to Cal Tech seismologist Kate Hutton about the prospects for an early warning system that would tip us off to an earthquake seconds before it hit.

Rampart Panel Calls for More Changes in the LAPD

A report by the Blue Ribbon Rampart Review Panel says the LAPD has taken some positive steps since the Rampart scandal, but the panel claims there's still a culture within the department that allows police brutality.

Thousands of Latinos Gather for Major LA Conference

More than 20,000 Latinos from around the country are meeting this week at the LA Convention Center for the National Council of La Raza's annual conference.

Community Looks for Answers Following Triple Homicide

Local activists say they're concerned that the murders of three Latino men in South LA may exacerbate tensions between blacks and Latinos.

LA Police Raise Money for Wounded Officer

LA police officers have raise more than $130,000 dollars for officer Kristina Ripatti, who was shot and paralyzed from the chest down during an altercation with an armed suspect three weeks ago.

Civil Rights Attorney Wants Probe into Illegal Immigrant Crackdown

Civil rights attorney Luis Carrillo is calling for an investigation after 600 people were arrested in Barstow last week in a crackdown on illegal immigrants. The action along Highway 40 was called "Operation Desert Denial."