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
Up until 2014, crime in the city had been falling. But for the past two years, robberies, aggravated assaults and murders have been on the rise. Criminologists can't say for certain what's behind the increase, and they say crime overall remains at historic lows.
Across California, police are grappling with the best way to handle millions of hours of video recorded by officers. The Pasadena PD decided to prohibit the release of footage to the public. Now it's changed its mind.
Family members called 911 for help with a relative who was acting violently. Deputies later shot the man, who was holding sewing scissors. Civilian watchdogs want a review.
More than 90 percent of the trash generated during Rams and USC football games is recycled or composted, a goal set by the university, which took over management of the stadium in 2013.
Panel told lawyers they split 11-1 in favor of acquittal. Prosecutors must decide whether to retry Baca to attempt to prove a jail abuse cover-up went all the way to the top.
The prosecution made its case over four days. The defense expects to take just a day and half, unless Baca decides to take the witness stand.
Former LA Sheriff Lee Baca is accused of blocking the FBI's investigation into brutality in the jails back in 2011. The prosecution is expected to rest Thursday.
Much of the testimony has focused on the handling of an inmate who was working as an FBI informant. Baca is facing obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges.
Baca, 74, faces three charges including obstruction of justice. On Friday, former sheriff's deputies took the stand, testifying against their former boss.
L.A. police and sheriff's deputies are beefing up security at the city's Metro stations after receiving information about a bomb threat to the Universal City station.
Activists criticize Jackie Lacey for not concluding an investigation into the 2015 case of an LAPD officer fatally shooting an unarmed homeless man in Venice.
One year after a mass shooting left 14 dead and 22 injured, Chief Jarrod Burguan says his department is forever changed and is investing in tools to prevent terror.
After a handful of local mosques received the letters, local Islamic leaders are telling their congregations to go about their business — but to be wary and contact police if needed.
The federal judge said he will issue a written ruling on whether to allow the testimony of an Alzheimer’s expert in the upcoming trial of the former L.A. sheriff.
The Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday promised more steps to address any explicit and implicit biases among offers, though challenges remain. Here are some takeaways.