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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

How to improve police relations: Eat a donut with a cop

A panel of law enforcement leaders and activists produces tension, but also some ideas on how to solve strained relations between police and some minority communities.

5 views of LAPD community policing strategies

Five people directly involved with community policing in Los Angeles offer their views on how far the LAPD has come. Despite improved relations, deadly encounters with unarmed civilians continue.

LA sheriff: Decline of gangs helped push crime down in 2014

The drop in crime in areas patrolled by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department stands in contrast to an increase in the LAPD's crime rate.

Democrats circle to replace US Senator Boxer

Nobody immediately announced their candidacy, but political observers say the competition may be intense to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Ezell Ford shooting: LAPD inspector general frustrated by lack of witnesses

An attorney for the Ezell Ford family says witnesses dispute the LAPD's account of the fatal shooting of Ford. But none will speak - even to the inspector general.

Ezell Ford: 3 disputed facts in police shooting

LAPD officials are frustrated that no witnesses to the shooting will cooperate with them. The Ford family's attorney says the witnesses don't trust the LAPD.

Ezell Ford: Autopsy shows shot in back at close range

After months of delays, the coroner on Monday released the autopsy report on Ezell Ford, 25. The Ford family was "outraged" by the coroner's report, and small protests were held outside LAPD headquarters and near the shooting site.

Woman in stable condition after 2nd LAPD Hollywood shooting

Earlier this month, police shot and killed a man in the same block of Hollywood, near the popular Hollywood and Highland shopping mall.

Governor announces 105 Christmas Eve criminal pardons

Many of the crimes were minor drug offenses, including simple possession or cultivating marijuana - crime that would not be prosecuted today.

LAPD rookies excited, apprehensive as policing debate rages

The LAPD's latest class of recruits graduates with black bands over their badges. They'll face renewed debate over race, policing and the use of force.

St. James Church creates fund for Redondo Beach crash victims

4 people were killed, including a 6-year-old boy, and 8 were injured when a driver plowed into a group of pedestrians following a Christmas concert Dec. 17

Family of unarmed man killed by deputies alleges wrongful death

Sheriff's deputies responding to a report of a fight near Paramount High School shot Oscar Alberto Ramirez. No weapon was ever found.

Da Vinci fire was maliciously set, ATF investigator says

Fire investigators have clarified what they meant when they announced that the Da Vinci Apartment Complex fire was an act of arson: Someone set the fire on purpose.

LA City Council: Labor backs Huizar after clash with Molina

Councilman Jose Huizar, a powerful downtown power broker, faces challenger Gloria Molina, an icon in LA Latino politics.The council primary is March 3.

LA Jails: Settlement with ACLU promises new reforms

A settlement approved by the county Tuesday calls for additional reforms to end what critics call a culture of abuse inside L.A. county jails.