Frank Stoltze Correspondent
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
The LAPD's Central Division saw one of the biggest increases in crime, and officers downtown say a "target rich" environment has brought more criminals to the area.
Its the second shooting of a person by LAPD officers in Venice in two months. The first man, who was unarmed and homeless, died.
The move comes amid increased scrutiny of LA County's troubled jail system.
The number peaked this week - a violent one where law enforcement officers at agencies across Los Angeles County fatally shot six people by Friday afternoon.
The suspect, a 38-year-old Caucasian male, has been identified, but his name is not being released pending notification of next of kin, according to the Los Angeles coroner's office.
An officer investigating vandalism in Mid-Wilshire shot a man with a skateboard after a struggle. A neighbor said he witnessed the shooting and thought it was excessive.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says shorter prison sentences and increases in homelessness and gang activity are possible reasons for the surge in 2015's first six months.
Walter DeLeon remains in critical condition more than two weeks after being shot in the head by an LAPD officer. The agency won't name the shooter's partner.
In light of public concern over police shootings, all 10,000 officers will be trained on de-escalating confrontations and approaching the mentally ill.
David Ryu is only the second Asian-American ever to serve on the Los Angeles City Council. He will replace termed-out former Councilman Tom LaBonge.
Walter William DeLeon was shot and critically wounded by an LAPD officer along Los Feliz Boulevard June 19. His family has called the shooting unjustified.
The plot thickens in the federal investigation into LA County jails, with the once powerful former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka blaming his old boss for any wrongdoing.
A federal jury found two deputies and a sergeant guilty on Wednesday in the 2011 beating of Gabriel Carrillo.
Walter DeLeon, 48, was critically injured after he was shot in the head by police on Los Feliz Boulevard. The officer who fired at him previously worked as an officer for the city’s General Services Department, police said.
The LAPD's Community Safety Partnershp in the Watts housing projects have officers committing to five years of walking foot beats and building relationships.