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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

Police commission says officers' shooting of black woman was 'within policy'

L.A. Board of Police Commissioners says fatal shooting by LAPD officers was justified after she approached them with a knife.

Police commission to consider fatal shooting of South LA black woman

The commission meets as tensions grow over the police killings of African Americans and the sniper deaths of five police officers in Dallas last week.

Dallas attacks represent 'schism' in America, LAPD chief says

Police officers across Southern California are wearing black bands across their badges to mourn the deaths of five of their colleagues in Dallas.

LA sheriff searching for murderer of 4-year-old Altadena boy

Sleepy Altadena was rocked by tragedy this week when a 4-year-old boy was shot and killed on his front porch Tuesday night.

Experts question tactics after CHP shoots unarmed man

Highway Patrol officers shot Pedro Villanueva when he allegedly drove at them. Experts say police should generally move out of the way of moving cars, not shoot the driver.

Violent crime up this year in LA, LAPD says

The rate of increase has slowed from last year, but the rise in violent crime has police leaders concerned. Criminologists say its too early to declare a trend.

US Attorney General urges wider use of social media by LA police

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch made her comments during a live-stream event at the new Facebook facility in Playa Vista.

Former LA County undersheriff sentenced to 5 years, out as Gardena mayor

Former L.A. County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka was convicted of obstruction of justice and conspiracy for attempting to thwart an investigation into jail violence.

Family of man shot by Long Beach police awarded $2.9 million

Long Beach police officers said they believed Tyler Woods was reaching for a gun in his waistband and shot him 19 times as he climbed on top of a roof following a foot chase.

All LAPD patrol officers will wear body cameras by 2018

The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday approved a $69.6 million plan to place body worn cameras on 7,000 Los Angeles patrol officers by the end of 2017.

LA City Council looks to revive LAPD body camera program

Earlier this year, the City Council balked at a $58 million dollar price tag for the camera system. A new report suggests savings from lawsuits could offset the cost.

Facing prison, former Sheriff Baca discloses he has Alzheimer's

Federal prosecutors want former L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca to serve six months in prison. Defense attorneys argue his Alzheimer's and reformer legacy warrant a lighter sentence.

Grim Sleeper serial killer sentenced to death

Lonnie Franklin Jr., who killed at least 10 women in South Los Angeles, has been sentenced to death. The so-called "Grim Sleeper" is one of L.A's most notorious killers.

Jurors debating fate of Grim Sleeper serial murderer

Jurors must decide between the death penalty and life in prison for one of L.A.'s most prolific serial killers. Lonnie Franklin Jr. murdered at least ten women in South L.A.

Botched shooting by deputies to cost LA County $7.5 million

The Board of Supervisors is expected on Tuesday to agree to pay $2.5 million to a man accidentally shot by sheriff’s deputies in West Hollywood two years ago—adding to a $5 million settlement paid to the family of a man killed in the same incident.