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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

Campaign Strategists Turn Focus to California

County clerks across California today begin mailing absentee ballots for the February 5 presidential primary. That means voters could begin casting ballots later this week. That's focusing some campaign strategists on California even as Tuesday's New Hampshire primary approaches. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Underground Drug Economy Generates Billions in Southern California

Experts estimate the underground drug economy in Southern California generates several billions of dollars. That's a small fraction of the region's economic activity; but in some neighborhoods, buying and selling illegal drugs makes a big impact. As part of KPCC's examination of the underground economy, Frank Stoltze looks at illicit drug sales.

Former House Leader Gingrich Says Governors Hold Key to Progress

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was in Southern California last week. He spoke at a meeting of the Republican Governors Association. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports the conservative iconoclast called on governors to become agents of change.

Study Looks at Ways to Increase Voter Participation

Many analysts say voter turnout will surge in next year's presidential election. Turnout increased in 2000 and 2004, but the United States lags behind many democracies in voter turnout. Voter participation remains especially low in poor and minority precincts. The result is that the the electorate is substantially whiter and wealthier than the population, but KPCC's Frank Stoltze says one California initiative is trying to change that.

Civil Rights Activist Complains of LAPD Harassment on Skid Row

Civil rights attorney Carol Sobel is suing the city of Los Angeles over the LAPD's crackdown on "quality of life" violations on Skid Row. Sobel claims that the LAPD is illegally targeting poor African American men. Many political and business leaders have hailed the policing approach as a success.

LAPD Defends Plan to Map Muslim Communities

Police in Los Angeles are defending a plan to map where large concentrations of Muslim Americans live in the city. They say it's an effort to reach out to Muslim Americans and prevent terrorism. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports Muslim American leaders and civil libertarians question the department's intentions.

South L.A. Voter Says African Americans Need to Think More Broadly About Party Politics

"Black" and "Republican" are two words you don't see in the same sentence very often, especially in South Los Angeles. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has a profile of one South L.A. man who doggedly promotes the Grand Old Party to anyone who will listen.

Dodgers Introduce Torre as New Manager

The Dodgers' great New York hope arrived in Los Angeles Monday. The team introduced famed Yankees manager Joe Torre as the man who'll turn the struggling team around. But KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports that Torre was more reticent about the idea.

Writers Announce Monday Strike

The Writers Guild announced Friday that its members will begin a strike at midnight on Monday unless a last-minute deal can be brokered. A federal mediator is asking both sides to take part in a Sunday bargaining session.

More Indictments Against South L.A. Gang

Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles Tuesday announced a second round of indictments against Florencia-13, one of the biggest gangs in South L.A. The gang allegedly ran drugs over a wide area south of downtown and east of the 110 Freeway. It also allegedly targeted African Americans for attack. One hundred and two members and associates of the gang are under indictment. Eighty are in custody. In an interview with KPCC's Frank Stoltze, lead prosecutor Peter Hernandez said the latest indictments targeted associates of Florencia-13.

Head of State Firefighters Association Criticizes Lack of Fire Funding

The president of the State Firefighters Association says the blazes burning across the region should convince Californians to invest more in firefighting resources.

FEMA Chief Tours Wildfire Areas

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, David Paulison, was in Southern California Wednesday to see the wildfire situation firsthand. While he was outside Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Paulison spoke with KPCC's Frank Stoltze, and explained why President Bush changed the designation of the crisis from a disaster to a major disaste

Forecasters Say Fires Are Worsening Air Quality

Weather forecasters say the fires are compromising air quality throughout Southern California. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Bratton Releases Report on May 1 MacArthur Park Incident

LAPD Chief Bill Bratton today released a report on the MacArthur Park incident on May 1st, when his officers were seen firing rubber bullets and hitting people at immigrant rights marchers and journalists. The highly critical document report says commanders and officers alike failed to properly do their jobs, leading to more than 40 injuries and nearly 150 lawsuits. KPCC's Frank Stoltze was at City Hall.

Skid Row Safer, But Homelessness Problems Remain

It's been a year since the LAPD added 50 officers to patrol Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. The results have been dramatic. Violent crime is down by a third. The number of homeless people living on the streets has been cut in half. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa calls the policy a "phenomenal" success. Homeless activists charge it's been a policy of harassment, and complain city officials have done little to address homelessness.