Frank Stoltze Correspondent
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
Election 2014: During a weekend forum, Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell reiterated his support for a Sheriff's oversight panel. Paul Tanaka did not attend.
The August 11 shooting of Ezell Ford in South LA triggered numerous protests and comparisons to the police killing of Michael Brown in Missouri.
The increase in use of force by LA County deputies against inmates comes as the agency seeks to transform itself amid multiple federal investigations into corruption and civil rights violations.
Both Board of Supervisors candidates say CEQA can be too onerous for developers, but Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver give different views when asked about one big project.
Labor unions are coming to the aid of Sheila Kuehl in the race for L.A. County Supervisor against the well-connected Bobby Shriver, who is supported by business groups and wealthy individuals.
Mentally ill jail inmates in Los Angeles face poor living conditions and inadequate health care, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Most voters ignore the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, even though it is the single most powerful group of elected officials in the region.
Bell Gardens' mayor Daniel Crespo has been shot during a domestic dispute; police are holding his wife, Levette, who allegedly shot him several times.
A woman struck by a California Highway Patrol officer in a videotaped incident will receive $1.5 million under a settlement, and the officer has agreed to resign.
Independent expenditure committees could play an important role in the race between Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver, who are competing to replace Zev Yaroslavsky.
Over the summer, Tanaka closed his campaign headquarters, held no events and posted nothing on social media. He faces an uphill battle against Jim McDonnell in the race for L.A. County sheriff.
It's expected to be a close race for a seat on the five-member Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. This was the first one-on-one debate since the primary.
Competition between the L.A. supervisorial candidates is expected to be close, with both vying to take the seat of the outgoing Zev Yaroslavsky.
The standoff is over more than pay, according to union leaders who've complained of bias in the disciplinary system - an accusation rejected by Chief Charlie Beck.
Hundreds of federal and local law enforcement agents fanned out across downtown L.A. in the sweep targeting about 70 locations.