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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

LA withdraws threat to furlough 4,100 clerical workers

The city no longer plans to implement threatened furloughs for 4,100 clerical employees, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced today. The workers' bargaining unit — AFSCME Local 3090 — ratified a pension and healthcare reform agreement last week.

MTA Crenshaw Line: Black leaders cry foul on absence of Leimert Park stop

The Metropolitan Transit Authority votes today on the proposed Crenshaw light rail line. Plans call for a stop at busy Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, but not at nearby Leimert Park Village, which has seen better days. African-American leaders in Los Angeles and elsewhere are outraged. They say Leimert is the historic cultural core of black L.A. and deserves a stop.

Los Angeles City Council approves inspector general for revenues

Los Angeles now has someone to help find hundreds of millions of dollars people owe the city.

LA city creates collections czar

The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday created a new Inspector General for Revenue and Collections to help bring in hundreds of millions of dollars people owe the cash-strapped city.

California AG Harris promises to use False Claims Act in mortgage fraud cases

California Attorney General Kamala Harris Monday promised to go after mortgage fraud scammers with the state's False Claims Act.

Sheriff Baca says prison ruling could send 10,000 prisoners to LA County

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca Monday expressed concerns about a United States Supreme Court ruling ordering California to release 32,000 prison inmates over two years.

Gays organize for new California gay marriage fight

A leading gay rights organization plans a town hall meeting in Long Beach tonight to discuss placing another measure on the California ballot that would legalize same-sex marriage.

Jury begins deliberating gay retaliation claim against LAPD

Jury deliberations resume today in the case of a gay Los Angeles police sergeant who claims the department retaliated against him.

Los Angeles City Council backs off police, fire cuts in $7 billion budget

The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday approved a nearly $7 billion budget that cuts an array of city services to address a deficit of more than $300 million.

Voters go to the polls in 36th Congressional District election

Voters go to the polls today in the special election to replace retired Congresswoman Jane Harman. Harman quit two months after her November re-election to head a Washington D.C. think tank.

Mall developer Caruso mulls run for Los Angeles mayor

Rick Caruso, who developed the Grove in Los Angeles and the Americana in Glendale, said L.A. City Hall is a "bureaucratic nightmare." In his address to Town Hall Los Angeles at the Biltmore Hotel this week, Caruso said it's time for new leadership in the city, and he might be referring to himself.

Federal deportation program under fire in Los Angeles

Civil rights lawyers in Los Angeles on Thursday said federal immigration authorities are snagging innocent crime victims in their drive to increase deportations using the Secure Communities program. They pointed to the case of a domestic violence victim recently arrested by the LAPD.

Los Angeles Fire Department faces permanent cuts in service

Facing the worst budget deficit in decades, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has proposed deep cuts to the city’s fire department. His plan would permanently close nearly 30 fire trucks and paramedic units, and would shrink the department by more than 300 firefighters. Fire officials who designed the plan promise that it would maintain public safety. Critics predict that it’ll lead to unnecessary deaths.

Los Angeles criminal courts building closed again Tuesday

Officials say flooding will keep the criminal courts building in downtown Los Angeles closed for a second day today.

Search and rescue team practices responding to radiation disaster

The Los Angeles Fire Department’s urban search and rescue team has increased its training for radiation-related disasters, in the wake of what happened at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants. “In light of what happened in Japan with the nuclear reactors, we could theoretically have that happen here,” said Rick Godinez of the fire department’s California Task Force One.