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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

LA Sheriff Scandal: Tanaka says he was following Baca’s orders

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.

Los Angeles sheriff's deputies found guilty in jail beating

A federal jury found two deputies and a sergeant guilty on Wednesday in the 2011 beating of Gabriel Carrillo.

Unarmed man in Los Feliz shooting ID'd; Officer was transfer from General Services

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.

Could LAPD 'partnership' policing have prevented Ezell Ford shooting?

The LAPD's Community Safety Partnershp in the Watts housing projects have officers committing to five years of walking foot beats and building relationships.

Senate confirms Decker as US Attorney in LA

Eileen Decker will oversee all federal prosecutions for a wide swath of Southern California, including investigations into corruption at L.A. County jails and potential criminal wrongdoing over L.A. schools' iPad contract.

Ezell Ford: Ruling, reaction to police shooting shows why LA isn't Ferguson

An LA police commission ruling in the shooting of an unarmed mentally ill black man was a mixed finding, and the muted reaction to it underscores how LA differs from other cities.

Ezell Ford family: Time for DA to 'step up'

The mother of an unarmed man shot and killed by LAPD officers is relieved one of the officers' actions were found to be improper and now calls on the District Attorney to file charges.

Ezell Ford update: Commission meets Tuesday to review report

Unconfirmed reports surfaced Friday that two LAPD officers would be cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of an unarmed, mentally ill black man in South L.A.

Boxer wants to force police to report when they kill people

Many agencies refuse to report such information, leaving an incomplete picture of police killings around the country.

Riding with LAPD’s elite Metro Squad in South LA

The division is expanding in response to a spike in crime. In this unit, cops don't answer calls for help — they roll around looking for suspicious activity.

Prosecutors reject Venice High sexual assault case (updated)

LAPD investigators said they believed the assaults took place on and off campus, dating back to the end of 2013.

Study: California realignment had little effect on crime

The study by the Public Policy Institute of California looks at the effect of locking up criminals for shorter periods of time.

Crowdfunding site seeks profits financing police abuse suits

Amid a growing national debate about police misconduct, a Century City lawyer is looking for investors in police abuse lawsuits.

LAPD deploys foot patrol for ‘relationship policing’

Amid a roiling debate about policing in America, the LAPD makes a small return to the oldest form of policing: walking the beat.

Tanaka, Carey plead not guilty to obstruction of justice charges

Paul Tanaka, who once ran operations at the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, "perpetuated a gang-like mentality among some in rank and file," an FBI official said.