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
Trial began Tuesday for George Weller, the elderly man charged with vehicular manslaughter for driving his car through the Santa Monica Farmers Market in 2003. Ten people were killed and dozens were injured.
The fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks was a wake-up call for many American Muslims. Some say they have endured slurs and increased scrutiny after 9/11, while others say they have used the attacks as an opportunity to teach about their religion.
The Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission is usually in the business of patching up the bonds among people. But the commission's plan to present an award to a prominent Southern California Muslim has prompted strong protests from some Jewish leaders.
Southern California Muslim leaders Thursday offered a mixed picture of the way they've fared in the five years since September 11. They said the backlash against Muslims has subsided, but discrimination continues.
LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa waited until Tuesday to endorse Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides. With only two months to go until Election Day, Angelides had hoped for Villaraigosa's support much earlier in the campaign.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.