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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

March Organizers Plan More Protests

Organizers of last Saturday's massive immigrant rights demonstration in downtown LA are planning a one-day boycott.

UC Pulls Investments from Sudan

The University of California has joined a growing number of US colleges that have pulled their investments out of Sudan, where ethnic violence has left at least 100,000 people dead.

Trial Begins for Leaders of Violent Prison Gang

Four members of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang are on trial in Santa Ana, accused of orchestrating the murders or attempted murders of 15 inmates over the past three decades.

LA Puts $50 Million Toward Affordable Housing

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced $50 million in funding for affordable housing projects across the city. It's the largest one-time commitment from the city's Affordable Housing Fund.

LAPD Chief Wants Another Eye on Cops

LA Police Chief Bill Bratton and others in the department are pushing to put cameras in police cars, but cost could be a stumbling block.

Mental Health Care for the Poor

The Venice Family Clinic provides therapy and psychiatric help to the poor, who often have trouble finding good mental health care.

Memorial Service Held for Eminent LA Times Publisher

Family and friends remembered former Los Angeles Times publisher Otis Chandler as a giant in journalism at a memorial service in Pasadena. Chandler died last week at the age of 78.

South Central Farmers Get Eviction Notice

A group of farmers have until Tuesday to get off a 14-acre plot of land that has served as one of the nation's largest urban farms. The developer who owns the land wants to build a warehouse.

Former Cops Are Indicted in Robberies

A federal grand jury has indicted a group of rogue cops and others in a string of home invasion robberies.

Cardinal Mahony Targets Immigration Policies

Cardinal Roger Mahony jumped into the center of the immigration debate on Ash Wednesday. He's speaking out against pending legislation he fears would require priests to ask immigrants for legal documentation before providing assistance.

Unprovoked Shootings Spark Calls for Help by Police

LAPD officials say there's been a spate of unprovoked shootings at cops and they're asking the public for help in catching the shooters.

LA County Labor Head Resigns Amid Probe

LA County Federation of Labor chief Martin Ludlow stepped down yesterday in response to allegations that he he knowingly took illegal political donations during his successful run for City Council in 2003.

Powerful Labor Leader May Resign

Los Angeles County Federation of Labor head Martin Ludlow is reportedly facing criminal charges and may step down.

Police Commission Stands Firm on Identity Issue

The LA Police Commission says it will not reverse its decision to redact the names of officers in use of force reports.

Judge Orders California to Change Lethal Injection Process

A federal judge is ordering California to come up with a new way to execute prisoners because the current method might constitute cruel and unusual punishment. Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levinson says the ruling is significant.