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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

Mayor to Release Gang Plan This Week

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa this week unveils his plan to reduce gang violence, which last year saw a 14% spike after a five-year decline. Last month, civil rights attorney Connie Rice also issued her long-awaited blueprint.

Gang Member Vows to End Violence in Harbor Gateway

In today's newscasts and talk programs, KPCC has been examining racially-charged gang violence in Los Angeles. Police say ground zero is Harbor Gateway, where the 204th Street Gang for years has targeted blacks. Today, a group of residents pledged to promote peace and racial tolerance. The agreement followed a meeting yesterday between the mother of a victim of the gang and one of its leaders. During the meeting, the gang leader promised to end attacks on African-Americans. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Member of 'LA Eight' Becomes Citizen

A native Palestinian became a U.S. citizen yesterday after a long battle with the federal government. He is one of the celebrated "LA Eight," a group of seven Palestinian men and one Kenyan woman accused 19 years ago of supporting terrorism.

LA Police Label Harbor-Area Murder a Hate Crime

LAPD officials believe a 14-year-old girl, who was fatally shot near the LA harbor last Friday, was targeted because she was black.

Prison Rape Panel Examines Sexual Assault Behind Bars

The news media paid little attention when a national prison rape panel held hearings in Southern California last week. Activists say that's par for the course when it comes to sexual violence in prisons and jails. Even though there may be tens of thousands of victims every year, corrections officials and policy makers also tend to ignore the problem.

LA Judge Continues Order Aimed at Reducing Jail Overcrowding

A federal judge Monday extended a temporary restraining order designed to reduce overcrowding at the LA Men's Central Jail - the largest local lock-up in the country. Judge Dean Pregerson also asked jail officials to come up with a comprehensive plan for improving living conditions inside the facility and present the plan to him by mid-January.

Blue Ribbon Panel Recommends Limiting Use of Jailhouse Informants

The California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice is urging state prosecutors to limit their use of jailhouse informants in criminal trials. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with former state Attorney General John Van de Kamp, who heads the commission.

LA Fire Commission Approves Reforms Amidst Concerns Over Harassment, Hazing

The Los Angeles Fire Commission yesterday gave initial approval to a set of reforms aimed at ridding the department of racial and gender discrimination and hazing. The move comes amid a high-profile harassment case and calls for the removal of the fire chief.

UCLA Chancellor Orders Probe of Taser Incident

UCLA Chancellor Norman Abrams ordered an independent investigation of an incident in which campus police stunned an Iranian-American student with a taser. The incident has sparked outrage on the Westwood campus.

Elderly Driver Sentenced to Five Years Probation

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge Monday said George Weller is too old and sick to go to prison, and instead sentenced him to five years probation. Weller is the 89-year-old man who drove his car through the Santa Monica Farmers Market three years ago, killing 10 people and injuring 63. Judge Michael Johnson handed down the sentence after an outpouring of grief and anger from one victim's relatives.

LA Council Approves 'Living Wage' for LAX-Area Workers

The LA City Council has given initial approval to a living wage ordinance that will cover workers at 13 hotels near Los Angeles International Airport. It's the first time the council has imposed a living wage requirement on private companies that don't have contracts with the city.

Charges Filed Against Hospital Chain for Alleged Patient Dumping

Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo said he hopes to stop what he and others call an "epidemic" of patient dumping on downtown LA's Skid Row with criminal and civil charges against Kaiser Permanente. Delgadillo has accused the hospital chain of false imprisonment and endangering a dependent adult when it left a 63-year-old woman on the streets of Skid Row in February.

LAPD Chief Goes on the Defensive Following Release of Second Videotape

LA Police Chief Bill Bratton defended his department, following the release of a second videotape that critics claim shows brutality by an LAPD officer. Bratton says he plans to issue a ruling soon on whether the officer violated department policy when he pepper-sprayed a handcuffed suspect.

Conference Examines Ways to Tackle Booming Incarceration Rates

Criminologists and LA County's top law enforcement official discussed ways to stop the revolving door in US prisons at a panel discussion sponsored by USC's Institute for Justice and Journalism. The incarceration rate in the US is six times higher than rates in Britain and Canada.

LAPD Investigates Violent Videotaped Arrest

LAPD Chief Bill Bratton has launched a criminal investigation into allegations that two officers beat up a man as they arrested him in Hollywood in August. The incident was videotaped and posted on the Web site YouTube.