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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

2 years later, shooting of Ezell Ford still mired in controversy

Ezell Ford's family says justice has stalled two years after the 25-year-old's death. Meanwhile, the LAPD officers who shot Ford say they're in limbo, too.

Former LA sheriff chooses trial over prison

Lee Baca opted to take his chances at trial rather than allow a federal judge to sentence him to up to five years in prison for lying to federal agents.

LAPD shooting in Watts draws criticism, praise

Amid a national debate about police shootings, a fatal shooting in Watts Monday night is drawing criticism and praise of L.A. police in a high-crime neighborhood.

As crime rises, LAPD promises to keep extra cops in South LA

After a spike in the murder rate earlier in the year, the LAPD set up a special operation to police South LA. Those officers will remain at least through summer.

LA County approves $10 million payout to wrongfully convicted man

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a $10.1 million payout to a Lynwood man who spent 20 years behind bars for a murder he did not commit.

Judge balks at Baca plea deal

A federal judge rejected a plea deal for former L.A. Sheriff Baca, saying the deal — with a maximum sentence of six months — would trivialize the seriousness of his offenses.

Dialogue seeks to improve LAPD-community relations

More than 100 people gathered for the "Days of Dialogue" meeting with LAPD officers.

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.