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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

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.

Grim Sleeper's first known victim testifies

In an unusual, move, L.A. prosecutors take testimony from a woman they say was attacked by the Grim Sleeper in the 1970s — before his killing spree.

Clinton ramps up SoCal appearances as primary nears

Hillary Clinton is packing her schedule with appearances in California as the primary election nears. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump also have appearances scheduled in SoCal this week.

Sanders shifts focus to California primary with rally in Carson

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders admits he faces a "steep climb" in his bid for the Democratic nomination, but he hopes a victory in California will give him a shot at a contested convention.

California may make lethal drugs for the death penalty

Amid decisions by pharmaceutical companies to block the sale of lethal drugs to prisons, California officials look to other sources — including their own pharmacies.

Victims testify in Grim Sleeper death penalty hearing

Many family members of Lonnie Franklin Jr.'s victims are asking for the death penalty for the convicted serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper."

Prosecutors say Grim Sleeper killed more women

Prosecutors arguing for the death penalty for Lonnie Franklin Jr. will introduce evidence this week that Franklin committed more murders than originally believed.

Franklin guilty of 'Grim Sleeper' serial murders

A Los Angeles jury has convicted Lonnie Franklin Jr., known as the "Grim Sleeper," in a string of gruesome killings of women in South Los Angeles.

Grim Sleeper: Closing arguments detail brutality of murders

Police allege Lonnie Franklin Jr. terrorized L.A. for decades, targeting mostly young black women. Prosecutors Tuesday described the murders in excruciating detail.

San Bernardino shooter's brother, 2 others arrested for fraud

A grand jury indictment alleges that all three defendants participated in a marriage fraud conspiracy for the benefit of the shooter's sister-in-law.

Skid Row overdoses raise concern over synthetic marijuana

At least 15 people ended up in the hospital this weekend from overdoses on Skid Row, raising fresh concerns about the relatively new drug called "spice."

Sheriff’s lawsuits cost LA County $61M

It's a hefty 50 percent hike from the year before, with big payouts for deputy-involved shootings, use of force, and wrongful termination.

Jury convicts Mexican Mafia boss from Orange County

A longtime member of the Mexican Mafia prison gang who exerted control over Latino street gangs in Orange County for three decades was convicted Wednesday of federal racketeering offenses.

Crime up in LA but chief says there's no one reason

Violent crime jumped 20 percent. Police blame a variety of factors, and say L.A. is still at near historic lows for crime.