Frank Stoltze


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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 County supervisors worry about prison release plan

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors raised concerns Tuesday about the planned release of thousands of state prison inmates. The state plans to release about 9,000 inmates to L.A. County during the next year starting in October. Over three years, the number will climb to nearly 30,000 as California complies with a federal court order to reduce its prison population.

LA finally ready to get a new football stadium?

Los Angeles may soon host professional football again. The City Council this week is likely to approve a tentative deal for a new football stadium that’s expected to attract an NFL team to L.A. for the first time in decades. The city’s leadership is unanimous in its support of a project that promises new jobs and tax revenue. Critics say stadium developers are promising more than they can deliver.

Fullerton residents angry over police killing of homeless man

Last month’s police killing of an unarmed schizophrenic homeless man in Fullerton has sparked debate about how police deal with mentally ill suspects. Kelly Thomas died after half a dozen police officers tried to subdue him at a bus depot.

Greuel has edge in mayoral candidates' early fundraising efforts

Candidates who seek to succeed Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have filed their first campaign finance reports.

Norco immigrant family claims they were assaulted by ICE agents

An immigrant family claimed on Monday that immigration agents roughed up their grandmother during a raid in Norco.

Hundreds flood city council chambers to support stadium

The Los Angeles City Council Friday heard an avalanche of voices in favor of a new downtown football stadium project that's projected to bring thousands of jobs and new tax revenue to L.A. Legendary Los Angeles Rams quarterback Vince Ferragamo, who led the team to the Super Bowl three decades ago, was among the first to testify. The Rams left L.A. in 1994. “When the Rams left, L.A. lost a piece of itself," he said. "It's time to get it back."

NFL stadium proposal heads to LA City Council

Anschutz Entertainment Group and the city are moving closer to a tentative agreement that would allow the company to build a $1.2 billion football stadium next to Staples Center, a project that would change the face of downtown Los Angeles. A proposed, non-binding deal receives its first full city council hearing Friday.

Angelenos to weigh in on proposed downtown LA NFL stadium

The Los Angeles City Council’s ad hoc committee on the proposed downtown football stadium holds a public hearing tonight. Anschutz Entertainment Group, or AEG, hopes to win preliminary approval of its proposal within weeks.

Korean-American student dreams big with passage of Dream Act

Jaime Kim, 20, and her parents arrived in Southern California from South Korea a decade ago. Her parents, like so many others, used a limited tourist visa to travel to the U.S. and never returned home.

Brown signs Dream Act, opening private aid to undocumented students

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will let college students who entered the country illegally receive private financial aid.

Mitt Romney visits North Hollywood as Rick Perry hits Century City

Boarded-up shops and a nearly empty parking lot provided the backdrop for former Masschusetts' Gov. Mitt Romney’s visit today to a struggling shopping center near the intersection of Victory and Laurel Canyon boulevards.

AEG releases report on downtown LA stadium's economic potential

Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) continued its campaign to build an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday by releasing a study that promotes its economic potential.

Romney, Perry in California seeking Republican support

Leading GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney is in Southern California Wednesday, but the man many Republicans hope will be their nominee may overshadow him.

New vouchers on the way for homeless vets in LA, but are they enough?

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced Tuesday that it’s providing more than 400 housing vouchers for homeless veterans in the Los Angeles area – far too few, critics countered, to cover the need.

Baca backs off prison realignment plan

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is retreating from his novel proposal to assign deputies to supervise state parolees who are released under California’s new realignment plan. Some suggest the sheriff may be reading the political writing on the wall.