Frank Stoltze


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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

Murder of Woman Prompts Call For Gang Violence Summit

South LA community activists want the city to host a summit tackling the problem of gang violence following the death of 63-year old Lois Coles who was killed by a stray bullet from a gang shootout.

Mayor Says He'll Use 'Bully Pulpit' to Improve LA

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke with KPCC's Frank Stoltze about his plans to expand the influence of his office and what issues he intends to focus on in the near future.

Community Reaction to Standoff Varies Widely

South LA residents are split over who is responsible for the death of a toddler in the July 10 standoff between the child's father and police.

Report Paints Bleak Picture of LA's Black Community

"The State of Black Los Angeles" issued by the United Way and Urban League says African Americans in LA earn less and experience more crime than do other demographic groups, but that they participate more in the community.

Autopsy Confirms LAPD Bullet Killed Toddler

An autopsy report released Wednesday finds that the bullet that killed an 18-month-old girl during Sunday's standoff in South LA was fired by an LAPD officer.

Police Chief Defends Officers' Actions in Standoff

LAPD Chief William Bratton says his officers are not responsible for the death of a 19-month old girl during a standoff with an armed suspect in South LA.

Security Increased on Local Subways, Trains Following London Exposions

KPCC's Frank Stoltze talks with LAPD's Counterterrorism chief John Miller about the explosions in London and the local response.

Family of Detained Filmmaker Sues Federal Government

Relatives of Los Angeles filmmaker Cyrus Kar are suing to win his release from a detention facility in Iraq. The US military says Kar was in a taxi carrying a common component used to make explosives.

Villaraigosa Prepares for Mayoral Ascension

As Mayor-elect Antonio Villaraigosa gets ready to be inaugurated Friday, his colleagues look back on his career.

Assembly Debates Assisted Suicide Bill

Van Nuys Assemblyman Lloyd Levine talks about the bill he authored which would allow doctors to help people end their lives if they were mentally competent and had six or fewer months to live.

Lakers Hope to Rebound with Phil Jackson

The Los Angeles Lakers have rehired Phil Jackson as coach in the hopes that he'll turn the team around after a losing season.

Jackson Fans, Opponents Sound Off on Verdict

KPCC's Frank Stoltze gathered the sounds as a jury found Michael Jackson not guilty on all charges related to the pop star's child molestation trial.

Local Police Agencies Step up Enforcement of Illegal Immigration Policies

Local police agencies plan to work with federal agents to catch illegal immigrants. Critics fear the plan will stop immigrants from reporting crimes.

Ludlow Accepts Job as Labor Federation Head

Martin Ludlow will resign his seat on the Los Angeles City Council after being picked by the LA County Federation of Labor to succeed Miguel Contreras.

Ludlow Expected to Get Top Job at Labor Federation

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor is expected to pick LA City Councilman Martin Ludlow to succeed Miguel Contreras, who died last month.