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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
About 75 residents and community leaders voiced their anger at a meeting of the LA Police Commission over the officer-involved shooting of 13-year old Devin Brown.
The LA County District Attorney's office has decided to not pursue charges against John Hatfield, the Los Angeles police officer who was videotaped hitting a black suspect with a flashlight.
A new sonar system will help the Coast Guard prevent the possibility of terrorists hiding underwater.
Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo says an injunction will target three of South LA's most notorious gangs.
Workers at the nearby Atwater Village Costco store were the first to notify authorities of the deadly train derailment in which 11 people were killed.
Eleven people die and 180 are injured in a train crash involving two Metrolink commuter trains and an idle freight locomotive. Police arrest a man who allegedly left his SUV on the tracks in an aborted suicide attempt.
The FBI, LAPD, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and other agencies have formed a task force in Southern California to fight the growing problem of human trafficking.
Firefighters respond to mudslides, flooding, traffic accidents, and other emergencies caused by the recent storms.
There are over 30,000 Thai immigrants living in Southern California. The community is keeping a close watch on the relief efforts in south Asia following the deadly tsunami.
Members of Code Pink, a women's peace group, join a delegation traveling to the Mideast. The group will donate medical supplies to Iraqi refugees.
The five candidates for Los Angeles mayor mix it up over environmental issues in the second debate.
Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn, an opponent of San Fernando Valley secession, attends the monthly meeting of Valley Vote, a pro-Valley secession group.
The American Civil Liberties Union says a 225-year prison sentence for a man convicted of a string of burglaries is cruel and unusual punishment. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will rule on the matter in three to six months.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal class action lawsuit, challenging parts of the voter-approved measure that allows police to take DNA from convicted felons and, eventually, people arrested for a felony.
The first LA mayoral debate features some tense moments as LA Mayor Jim Hahn faces the four men who want his job.