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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

Man critical after being shot by police in Mid-Wilshire

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.

Crime in LA up, Beck says it's too early to know why

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.

Los Feliz LAPD shooting: Family ‘hoping for miracle’

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.

LAPD to retrain all officers in 'de-escalation'

In light of public concern over police shootings, all 10,000 officers will be trained on de-escalating confrontations and approaching the mentally ill.

Ryu sworn in as first Korean-American LA City Council member

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.

Supporters rally for unarmed man shot by police in Los Feliz

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.

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.