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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

LAPD Puts Focus on Unsolved Crimes

The Los Angeles Police Department is assigning more detectives to work on unsolved murders in South LA. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with Charles Donaldson, whose son's murder remains unsolved.

LAPD Will Miss Deadline for Reforms

LAPD officials say the department will not make next year's deadline to comply with a federal consent decree. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with Gerald Chaleff, who is in charge of bringing the department in line with the decree.

Judge Sets Execution Date for Crips Co-Founder

An LA judge has set a December 13 execution date for Stanley "Tookie" Williams, the co-founder of the Crips who was convicted of murdering four people.

Sheriff's Officials Vow Investigation into Deadly Jail Beating

LA County Sheriff's officials are promising a full investigation into the fatal beating of an inmate at the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles. The incident marks the eighth murder of an inmate at the facility in the last two years.

WWII Vet Looks Back on Veterans Day

KPCC's Frank Stoltze stopped by the VA Hospital in Westwood to spend Veterans Day with Harry Corre, a patient's advocate at the facility.

Wesson is Strong Favorite in 10th District Race

Former State Assembly Speaker Herb Wesson is a heavy favorite over two little known opponents in the 10th District LA City Council race. Wesson's rivals include a photographer and the owner of a private security firm.

Roybal Remembered as Pioneer in Latino Politics

Influential Latino politicians joined hundreds of others at a funeral mass for Ed Roybal, who died last week at the age of 89. Roybal was the first Latino on the LA City Council and the first Latino Congressman from California in modern history.

Educators Struggle with How to Fix Jefferson High

The final part of a two-part series on South LA's troubled Jefferson High School looks at an effort to transform the campus into several smaller charter schools.

Jefferson High Becomes Focus of School Reform Efforts

In part one of a two-part series on South LA's troubled Jefferson High School, KPCC's Frank Stoltze caught up with a student to discuss the school's recent problems.

Police Agencies Combat Compton's Rising Murder Rate

LA County Sheriff's deputies and other agencies launched a crackdown earlier this month on suspected criminals in Compton, where there has been a spike in murders.

Villaraigosa Takes Modest Steps on Education Reform

Last week, LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled his first set of proposals to improve public schools. The steps are considered modest precursors in advance of more radical changes.

Mayor Talks Education as 100-Day Mark Approaches

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa mulled over his first 100 days in office and unveiled a set of education proposals in a speech at USC.

Skid Row Workers Not Surprised by 'Homeless Dumping' Reports

People who work and live on Skid Row say it is no secret that outside police agencies drop off homeless people in downtown Los Angeles. Some police agencies admit to the practice, but say there's a good reason for it

Residents Relieved as Firefighters Gain Upper Hand on Topanga Blaze

Evacuated residents return home as firefighters get close to containing the nearly 26,000 acre Topanga fire. The blaze destroyed three homes.

Hundreds Evacuated as Fire Burns Near Chatsworth

A brush fire in the hills along the border between LA and Ventura counties burned at least 17,000 acres and consumed one single family home during the first 24 hours.