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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

AEG's Leiweke pushes downtown LA streetcar

AGE president Tim Leiweke, operator of Staples Center and LA Live — and the man behind a prospective NFL football stadium — is one of the biggest backers of a proposed streetcar system in downtown Los Angeles. The route includes his venues.

Expect sparks at Huizar/Martinez LA City Council debate

The race between two former friends for L.A.'s 14th District City Council seat has turned even more bitter. Over the weekend, a top aide to incumbent Jose Huizar wrote in an e-mail that his campaign would put a “political bullet” in Huizar’s opponent.

Police tightlipped about Stenroos motive

Los Angeles police still aren’t saying much about last month’s shooting that involved school police officer Jeff Stenroos.

LAPD Chief Beck disbands some gang units as officers refuse to follow new rules

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck Thursday sought to allay concerns about increased crime, even as he shut down anti-gang units in some of the most violent areas of the city. The closings follow some officers’ refusal to sign financial disclosure forms mandated by a federal consent decree.

Feds and local law enforcement target 38th street gang

Local and federal law enforcement agencies arrested almost 60 people in a gang crackdown. They’re suspected of being associates of the 38th Street gang.

LA school cop arrested; shooting story apparently fake

School police officer Jeff Stenroos, shot last week near a high school campus in Woodland Hills, was arrested last night. The officer’s been charged with making up the story.

LAPD Chief releases PSA over concern about immimgration rhetoric

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck sought Thursday to assure residents that his officers will not arrest them because of their immigration status.

Los Angeles City Council approves money for Broad Museum

The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday unanimously approved another $22 million in redevelopment money for the planned Broad Museum downtown. The move comes as the governor seeks to shift redevelopment dollars to the state.

LA City Council abruptly cancels meeting

Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti canceled the council's regular meeting Tuesday. Too few members showed up.

Villaraigosa hopes to spur Chinese investment in LA

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Monday signed a non-binding agreement with the Investment Promotion Agency of the People’s Republic of China. The mayor, who plans a trip to China later this year, said the memorandum of understanding encourages more economic activity between China and L.A.

LA City Council approves new medical marijuana law

The Los Angeles City Council Friday capped the number of pot shops at 100, with only those that opened on or before September 14, 2007, qualifying to enter a new lottery system that will determine who may continue to operate. The urgency ordinance approved on a 12-0 vote follows a judge's December ruling that struck down L.A.'s old ordinance as arbitrary and capricious.

Long Beach squirrels away redevelopment money

Long Beach is the latest city that seeks to protect its redevelopment money from the state.

AEG's Leiweke pitches football stadium for downtown Los Angeles

The head of Anschutz Entertainment Group made big promises to members of the L.A. City Council Wednesday as he lobbied to build an NFL football stadium downtown.

Feds target longtime LA street gang

Law enforcement authorities Wednesday announced more than two dozen arrests of people allegedly connected to the Lennox 13 street gang.

Student recounts her brush with Gardena High School shooting

Kimberly Quintanilla said the boy whose gun discharged - and wounded two students - entered her classroom after the shooting, but was not threatening.