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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

Parks, Ridley-Thomas Headed for Runoff in LA County Supervisor's Race

Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks and State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas are headed for a runoff in November. Neither got a majority of votes for county supervisor. Ridley-Thomas fell shy at 45%; Parks received 40%. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has more.

'Instant Runoff' Proposal Would Do Away With Some Runoff Elections in LA

The idea of "instant runoff" voting appears to be gaining steam in Los Angeles. The L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce, labor unions and the League of Women Voters want change: a proposal would eliminate runoff elections in non-partisan races in several categories. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Cooley Seeks Third Term as District Attorney

Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley is up for re-election. He faces two little-known and under-funded opponents, and he's expected to easily win re-election tomorrow. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports on a D.A. that law enforcement loves.

LA County Supervisor Second District Race Down to the Wire

Voters in South Los Angeles, Compton, Carson and Inglewood go to the polls tomorrow to vote for a new county supervisor. Two of the region's best-known African Americans want the open seat: former LAPD Chief and current City Councilman Bernard Parks and State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas. Both are Democrats, but it's a non-partisan race. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says that doesn't begin to describe the complexities of this campaign.

McCain Raises Money in Los Angeles

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain spoke with reporters at the Beverly Hilton before a Bel Air Fundraiser. KPCC's Frank Stoltze was there and told KPCC's Shirley Jahad what Senator McCain discussed, including the recent California ruling on same sex marriage and the Iraq War.

Children in Violent Neighborhoods Can Suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Most people who know about it associate Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with soldiers coming home from war or with adults who've suffered severe trauma, like rape. But mental health professionals worry more and more that kids who grow up in violent neighborhoods suffer from some level of PTSD. As part of KPCC's focus on mental health issues, Frank Stoltze reports on gang violence and post traumatic stress.

Inglewood Police Release Audio Communications in Police Shooting

Inglewood police on Wednesday released the sound captured early Sunday morning when officers shot and killed an unarmed man. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has more.

Inglewood Police Chief Addresses Officer Involved Shooting

Inglewood Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks spoke publicly yesterday about the killing of an unarmed man by two of her officers early Sunday morning. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports the chief also tried to explain what happened.

Governor, Assembly Speaker Promote Dueling Redistricting Measures

Governor Schwarzenegger on Tuesday helped hand in more than enough signatures to place a redistricting initiative on the November ballot. He did so on the same day outgoing Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez introduced his own measure. Nunez wants the legislature to place his idea on the ballot this fall too. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says both measures are designed to end the practice of state legislators drawing the boundaries of their own districts.

Thousands March in L.A. for Immigration Reform

A mostly Latino crowd of thousands took part in several marches in Los Angeles on Thursday. The protesters called for immigration reform, amnesty, and an end to workplace raids by federal immigration agents. The protest took place a year to the day after much larger protests in L.A. ended in violence. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez and Frank Stoltze followed this year's demonstrations.

May Day Victim Returns to Park, Recounts Last Year's Rally

As thousands of protesters planned to gather in downtown L.A., Juan Carlos Bautista's thoughts were on last year. He's from Mexico and has lived in Los Angeles for five years. Bautista overcame painful memories to return to MacArthur Park Thursday. Last year, the 33-year-old construction worker and his four-year-old son had a harrowing encounter with riot police as they marched for immigration reform. He spoke with KPCC's Frank Stoltze. Attorney Jorge Gonzalez translated.

LAPD Says Training Has Improved Treatment of Crowds, Media

Thursday is May Day, and thousands are expected to turn out in Los Angeles for immigrant rights marches. Last year, a day of peaceful protests ended at L.A.'s MacArthur Park in what's become known as the May Day Melee. L.A. police officers in riot gear clubbed and fired rubber bullets at marchers and journalists. As KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports, the LAPD has been working to prevent a similar incident.

Ridley-Thomas and Parks Debate

Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks and State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas engaged in a feisty debate last night. Parks and Ridley-Thomas are the two leading candidates to replace retiring County Supervisor Yvonne Burke. Her district includes Culver City, Inglewood, South LA, Compton and Carson. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has more on last night's exchange.

Candidates for LA County Supervisor Hold First Televised Debate

Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks and State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas traded barbs in their one and only televised debate last night. They're campaigning to replace retiring County Supervisor Yvonne Burke. Her district includes Culver City, Inglewood, South LA, Compton and Carson. KPCC Morning Edition host Steve Julian spoke with Frank Stoltze, who covered Thursday night's debate.

L.A. City and County Release Proposed Budgets for Fiscal 2008-2009

It's budget time in Los Angeles. Bean counters for the City and the County made their proposals for the coming fiscal year Monday. We have two reports: KPCC's Brian Watt begins with a focus on the county, followed by Frnak Stolze with a look at the city.