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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

Attorney general releases report showing gross misconduct by Maywood PD

State Attorney General Jerry Brown today said his office has uncovered gross misconduct by police officers in Maywood. Brown oversaw a 16-month investigation of the police force in Maywood, a small city southeast of downtown Los Angeles that employs about 40 officers. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Governor Schwarzenegger says California is monitoring swine flu

Governor Schwarzenegger said today that state health officials are closely monitoring the swine flu outbreak. Health officials say they’ve confirmed eight cases in California – and they’re investigating 12 other possible cases. Officials say the cases don’t appear to be directly connected to the outbreak in Mexico. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Governor says California is on top of swine flu outbreak

State health officials say they've confirmed 13 cases of swine flu in California. The cases include five in San Diego county, five in Imperial County, and three in Sacramento county. Governor Schwarzenegger spoke about the state's response to the outbreak yesterday. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Labor Secretary Solis holds veterans issues town hall meeting in downtown LA

During her visit to Southern California today, federal Labor Secretary Hilda Solis met with military veterans who come home from war and can't find a job. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports that several who spoke at the town hall-style meeting told heart-wrenching stories.

Council debates name of new police headquarters

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday took up the thorny issue of what to name the LAPD's new headquarters building. The $473 million edifice sits directly in front of City Hall and is set to open in July. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports that the naming issue focuses on one man.

City attorney candidates trade negative attacks at latest debate

The campaign for Los Angeles city attorney took another nasty turn last night during a debate at the Westside Jewish Community Center. City Councilman Jack Weiss and attorney Carmen Trutanich are engaging in increasingly negative attacks. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

LA City Council considers names for new LAPD headquarters

The Los Angeles City Council today takes up the question of what to name the LAPD’s new downtown headquarters. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports that one idea is… Parker Center.

LA City Council hears spirited debate about new LAPD HQ name

The Los Angeles City Council today delayed deciding on a name for the new LAPD headquarters. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports that followed after angry protests over a proposal to retain the name Parker Center.

New LAPD headquarters being named

John Rabe talks to KPCC reporter Frank Stoltze on the latest news on what to name the new LAPD headquarters.

LA mayor unveils budget, calls for cuts, privatization

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today said the city faces its worst budget crisis since the Great Depression. He made the comment as he unveiled his proposed $7 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1st. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

LA Mayor Villaraigosa introduces budget

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today unveiled his proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1st. It's a $7 billion plan that's 1 percent smaller than this year's budget. It closes a $530 million deficit in part by privatizing city parking garages and throwing down the gauntlet to municipal employees. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Mother speaks about son's jail suicide

The mother of a man who committed suicide at Los Angeles County Jail spoke out about her son’s death yesterday. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Lawmaker, alcohol industry battle over DUI bill

A Democratic assemblyman from Southern California and a restaurant lobbying group are battling over a bill that would require an ignition locking device on cars owned by people convicted of drunk driving. The device measures blood alcohol content. Debate over the bill has heated up after the deaths of Angels baseball pitcher Nick Adenhart and two of his friends who were hit by a drunk driver last week. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Sheriff's monitor finds more deputies driving drunk in annual report

The independent monitor of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says alcohol-related arrests of deputies and other sheriff's personnel doubled last year. More on the story from KPCC's Frank Stoltze.

Mayor Villaraigosa delivers 'State of the City' address

In his annual State of the City address Tuesday, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa repeated his call for city workers to share in the pain of one of L.A.'s worst-ever budget deficits. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.