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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

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.

Probation Officers Stage One-Day Walkout

Los Angeles County probation officers walked off the job for a day to protest stalled contract talks. The workers say their job is increasingly dangerous and they're calling for better retirement benefits. [image]

LA Officials Launch 'Operation Pothole'

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joins street service workers to launch "Operation Pothole," a concerted effort to fill 35,000 potholes by the end of December.

NTSB Opens Investigation Into Jet Blue Emergency

The National Transportation Safety Board is launching an investigation into Wednesday's emergency landing of a Jet Blue plane at LAX. The agency says the plane's landing gear problem may not be isolated.

Governor Signs Legislation Outlawing Human Trafficking

Governor Schwarzenegger signed a bill that will make it easier for local district attorneys to prosecute human trafficking, which is already banned under federal law.

New Principal Sees Better Times Ahead for Jefferson High

Jefferson High Principal Juan Flecha says the South LA school has implemented changes this year which should create less opportunity for racial tension

LAPD Chief Calls for Community Involvement in Police Training

LAPD Chief Bill Bratton says he wants to involve residents in the training of cops, following several controversial police shootings in recent months.

Hurricane Refugee Hopes to Make New Start in Los Angeles

As part of a series on the hurricane evacuees who are staying in Southern California, KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with Greg Johnson, who is looking to make a new life for himself in the Southland after growing up around drugs and violence.

Southern Californians Reach Out to Hurricane Evacuees

Latisse Mills of South Central Los Angeles is one of the many volunteers in Southern California who are going the extra mile to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Hurricane Evacuee Celebrates Birthday in Southland

21-year old Brandon McIntyre is staying at the Dream Center in Echo Park, along with many other refugees of Hurricane Katrina. His parents remain in Baton Rouge, but he came to Southern California for "the experience."

Echo Park Ministry Houses Hurricane Katrina Evacuees

The Dream Center in Echo Park is housing more than a hundred evacuees of Hurricane Katrina, including 48-year old Joclyn Cash, who is staying there with her daughter, two grandsons, and eight other members of her extended family. Her father remains missing in New Orleans.