Frank Stoltze Correspondent

Staff Photos
Contact Frank Stoltze

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

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.

Feinstein Speaks Out on Rumsfeld Resignation, Priorities for New Term

California's senior senator stands to gain even more clout if Democrats do capture the majority in the U.S. Senate. Dianne Feinstein considered the prospects during a news conference at her San Francisco home.

Jerry Brown Makes a Return to State Office

Former California Governor Jerry Brown beat Republican Chuck Poochigian for state attorney general. Brown was elected 56 years to the day that his father won the same position.

Watchdog Set to Unveil Plan for Improving Jails

Special Counsel Merrick Bobb will go before the LA County Board of Supervisors to make recommendations on how to improve jails in LA County. One of the chief proposals will focus on separating dangerous inmates from the rest of the population.

$1 Billion Housing Bond Goes Before LA City Voters

LA City voters will cast ballots next Tuesday on Measure H, the biggest local housing bond in US history. It would provide $1 billion in government subsidies to help build affordable rental housing and homeless shelters. Some of the money would also go to help first time buyers.

LAPD Investigates Possible "Patient Dumping"

The LAPD has opened a criminal investigation into allegations the Metropolitan Medical Center dumped patients on Skid Row. Police say they videotaped ambulances from the hospital dropping off five patients in front of the Volunteers of America homeless services center on Sunday. The head of the medical center, located near Western and Adams, denies the allegation. He says three of the five gave Skid Row addresses on their admission information. Captain Andrew Smith heads the LAPD's Central Division. He spoke with KPCC's Frank Stoltze about the investigation.

Weller Guilty on All Counts in Farmer's Market Crash

George Russell Weller, who three years ago drove his car through the Santa Monica Farmer's Market, was convicted today on ten counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.

ACLU Says County Jail Conditions are Inhumane

The ACLU wants a federal judge to order Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca to improve conditions at the downtown jail. The group accuses Baca of squeezing inmates into holding cells at the Inmate Reception Center.