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
A former Bangladeshi diplomat living in Los Angeles is waging another cliffhanger effort to stop his deportation. The man faces execution in Bangladesh for a crime he says he did not commit. Federal authorities say he's a terrorist.
Federal authorities Wednesday announced they've rounded up a significant number of illegal immigrant gang members in Southern California during the last three months. They said they've arrested more than 120 alleged foreign national gang members from Lompoc to Hemet.
A former Bangladeshi diplomat living in Los Angeles is waging another last-minute effort to stop his deportation. Mohiuddin Ahmed faces execution in Bangladesh for a crime he says he didn't commit. Federal authorities label him a terrorist.
A former Bangladeshi diplomat living in Los Angeles may be deported as early as Thursday night, now that he has exhausted his legal appeals. The man faces execution in Bangladesh for his part in a 1975 coup that resulted in the assassination of the country's first president. He says he played a minor role in the coup.
Today, LAPD Chief Bill Bratton delivers a preliminary report on the May 1st incident in MacArthur Park to the Los Angeles City Council. Yesterday, he presented the report to the Police Commission. The chief blamed, in part, a breakdown in command and control that led to officers clubbing and firing rubber bullets at immigrant rights marchers and journalists. Commissioners were far from satisfied. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
LAPD Chief Bill Bratton presented his preliminary report on the May Day melee in MacArthur Park to the City Council today. Council members asked plenty of questions, and urged the chief to be transparent in his inquiry. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
LAPD Chief Bill Bratton delivers his first report Tuesday on the May 1st incident in MacArthur Park. He'll make a presentation to the Police Commission on the progress of investigations. Video shows officers clubbing and firing rubber bullets at immigrant rights marchers and journalists. The incident left some wondering whether the LAPD has changed much under federally mandated reforms. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
LAPD Chief Bill Bratton delivered a preliminary report Monday on the May 1st incident in MacArthur Park. Bratton in part blamed a breakdown in command and control that led to officers clubbing and firing rubber bullets at immigrant rights marchers and journalists. The chief made his presentation to the civilian Police Commission, which oversees the LAPD.
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson provided more evidence Monday of how California may play a key role in next year's presidential primaries. Richardson chose Los Angeles to formally announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination, taking aim at the state's earlier primary and large Latino population. If elected, Richardson would become the first Latino president in U.S. history.
Kaiser Permanente has reached a settlement with the Los Angeles City Attorney over alleged homeless patient dumping on Downtown's Skid Row. The nation's largest HMO has agreed to re-vamp the way discharges homeless people in what some observers call a "landmark" deal.
The 800-acre wildfire in Griffith Park this week was the park's worst fire in more than four decades. Those who use the park are now wondering about its future.
Many of the firefighters battling the brush fire in Griffith Park are in from out of town. 27-year-old Todd Gailey of the Morro Bay Fire Department on the Central Coast spoke with KPCC's Frank Stoltze at the base of a hill in Griffith Park.
Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton has demoted the top police commander who oversaw the officers involved in the melee at MacArthur Park a week ago. He also reassigned the second in command that day. The actions coincide with multiple investigations into the incident, during which video cameras recorded riot police pushing, hitting, and firing non-lethal bullets at immigrant rights marchers and journalists. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
The Los Angeles Police Commission held a public hearing Monday night on whether Chief Bill Bratton should serve another five year term. The panel heard mostly voices of support, but some people have strong reservations about Bratton's record in poorer neighborhoods of the city.
Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton says he wants to serve another five years as head of the nation's second largest police force. Bratton says he deserves re-appointment, because crime is down and officer morale is up on his watch. Others contend the chief's record is mixed. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.