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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

LAPD justified in killing of 14-year-old boy, commission rules

The L.A. Police Commission decided the fatal officer-involved shooting of Jesse Romero, 14, was justified. Romero was one of the youngest people ever killed by the LAPD.

LA Sheriff Baca's prosecutor: The corruption 'shocked' him

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Fox reflects on his prosecution of ex-L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca and other officials, and the need "to stop that culture" of impunity.

LA County mulls $400K for family of man killed by deputies

A witness said she saw Antonio Perez with a gun as sheriff's deputies chased him, but no gun was found at the scene of the 2015 shooting.

What’s behind the fight over LA sheriff’s deputies' identities

Sheriff Jim McDonnell wants to give prosecutors a list of 300 deputies with a history of misconduct. The deputies' union sued; an appeals court has blocked McDonnell.

Too frequent and too dangerous: Police chases slammed by LA grand jury

A report by the L.A. County Grand Jury criticizes police pursuits, arguing that chasing non-violent criminals is not worth the risk of deaths and injuries to bystanders.

2 shootings by LA sheriffs could cost county $5M

The proposed payouts come amid increased concerns about how much L.A. County pays to the families of people shot or otherwise harmed by sheriff's deputies.

LA sheriff seeks public input on drones

In January, the department became the first local law enforcement agency to deploy a drone. Now it wants your opinion on its use. It's taking comments through July 13.

Rejecting the boot camp approach at LA's new juvenile probation facility

The L.A. County Probation Department has re-opened Camp Kilpatrick as Campus Kilpatrick - an effort to emphasize learning and rehabilitation.

Mexican Mafia ordered hits inside LA County jails, FBI says

The state’s most violent prison gang may be a bigger presence in county jails in the wake of California's effort to reduce its prison population.

OC law & order: ACLU’s scathing report on jails, and Sheriff Hutchens’ decision to retire

After almost a decade in office, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens decided she will not be seeking reelection.

Chief: More LAPD cadets may have ridden in stolen squad cars

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck would not say how many more teenage cadets may have been involved in the scandal. The civilian police commission orders a review.

Sheriff’s oversight panel ponders what needs fixing

The nine-member civilian panel overseeing the L.A. County Sheriff's Department seeks to answer a critical question: Which issues should it tackle to influence change?

Sheriff's oversight panel will reassess its priorities

Some members of the civilian panel feel they're spreading themselves thin by trying to focus on too many issues at once.

A daycare center fronting for a major cocaine dealer?

Law enforcement arrested a man and his son and seized more than 20 kilos of cocaine at the Highland Park home that served as a daycare center.

California reconsiders lifetime registration for sex offenders

The legislation would end automatic lifetime registration for sex offenders, regardless of the seriousness of the crime. Many in law enforcement support it.