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

Supervisors Grill Health Director on King/Drew

LA County Supervisors order County Health Director Dr. Thomas Garthwaite to take action following reports that medical lapses caused two more deaths at King/Drew Medical Center.

Mayoral Candidates Fight for African American Vote

Incumbent Jim Hahn and LA mayoral challenger Antonio Villaraigosa traded charges in a debate at the California African American Museum in Exposition Park.

Community Leaders Voice Opposition to Change in Police Immigration Policy

Leaders of LA's Central American community hold a news conference to protest the Los Angeles Police Department's plan to start enforcing federal immigration laws.

Thousands Turn Out to Pay Their Respect to Johnnie Cochran

Hollywood celebrities, civil rights activists and former clients gathered at the West Los Angeles Cathedral for the funeral of Johnnie Cochran. The defense attorney died March 29 at the age of 67.

Rampart Lawsuits Settled For $70 Million

Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo says his office has settled most of the lawsuits and claims filed by victims of the Rampart police corruption scandal.

Study Finds Racial Disparity in Availability of Healthy Food

Healthy food is harder to find in poor and mostly minority neighborhoods than in more affluent white neighborhoods, according to a study published in the American Journal of Health. USC Professor David Sloane participated in the report.

Police Wound Robbery Suspect in Moving Car Shooting

Just weeks after the LAPD approves a new policy on firing at moving vehicles, a 20-year-old robbery suspect is shot by officers after he backs a car toward them at the end of a pursuit. LAPD Sgt. Catherine Plows talks about the incident.

LA Mayoral Candidates Square Off in Testy First Debate

LA Mayor Jim Hahn and challenger Antonio Villaraigosa confront each other on ethics and leadership in their first one-on-one debate since the primary.

Villaraigosa Wins Endorsement of Longtime Hahn Supporter

Congresswoman Maxine Waters is endorsing Antonio Villaraigosa in the LA mayoral runoff election over incumbent Jim Hahn. Waters supported Hahn in 2001.

Praying For Recovery, End to Violence

15-year old Deliesh Allen remains in a coma after being shot in the head outside Locke High School in South LA. Allen's aunt spoke out for the first time about the tragedy.

NAACP Holds Police Abuse Hearing

The California NAACP holds a hearing on police abuse of African Americans in the wake of several high profile incidents, including the violent arrest of Stanley Miller and the Devin Brown shooting.

Angelides Throws Hat into Governor's Race

In a move that was highly expected, State Treasurer Phil Angelides announces he'll challenge Governor Schwarzenegger in next year's gubernatorial election.

Hahn Stays Positive With Early Returns

Supporters of incumbent Jim Hahn were anxious as they awaited the results of the LA mayoral primary. Early returns showed Hahn with a comfortable lead over former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg.

Incumbent Mayor Fights for Political Life

Mayor Jim Hahn faces four key challengers in his battle for re-election to a second term. Hahn is in danger of being the first LA mayor to be voted out of office in 30 years.

Candidates Speak Out on Latest Poll

Following an LA mayoral debate, the candidates react to the new LA Times poll.