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
The family of a man who officials say committed suicide inside Los Angeles County Jail marked the two-year anniversary of his death Wednesday. The American Civil Liberties Union has said the case may be an example of negligence inside an overcrowded and troubled jail.
Desperate for cash, the Los Angeles City Council Tuesday approved a deal that would increase passenger surcharges from $2.50 to $4 a trip at Los Angeles International Airport.
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a developer’s plans to include bright digital lights on the new Wilshire Grand hotel and an adjacent office tower.
Former Vice President Al Gore was among those who honored the late Secretary of State Warren Christopher at a memorial service at Disney Hall in downtown Los Angeles Monday. Gore called Christopher “one of the great statesmen of our era” and “an extraordinary man of integrity.”
Los Angeles city labor leaders will try this week to sell their members on the idea of contributing more to their pension plans.
Organizers say they expect several thousand people at a labor union rally in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday. It coincides with similar demonstrations in several cities.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Thursday said the city’s largest labor unions have agreed to increase retiree health care and pension contributions – an important step in addressing the city’s budget crisis.
When former United States Secretary of State Warren Christopher died last week, most people focused on his foreign policy accomplishments: He secured freedom for the American hostages in Iran in 1980, and helped broker the Bosnian peace deal for the Clinton administration. But Christopher also played a quiet yet crucial role in Los Angeles.
A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Wednesday confirmed that the department has broadened its investigation into a clique of deputies who worked at Men’s Central Jail.
In a theme that’s playing out around California, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved fee increases to address a growing budget shortfall.
The Los Angeles City Council this week returns to the subject its likes least: L.A.’s burgeoning budget deficit.
Emergency planners in Southern California Friday sought to allay concerns that the earthquake and nuclear disaster in Japan threatens public safety here.
The field is expected to be crowded in the race to succeed Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Two candidates Wednesday added their names to the list of contenders.
The Los Angeles Police Commission Tuesday said an officer was justified in killing a Guatemalan day laborer in the Westlake District last year. The shooting last September prompted violent protests.
In a move closely watched by other Southern California law enforcement agencies, LAPD Chief Chalie Beck has ordered his officers end the practice of immediately seizing the cars of undocumented immigrants who are stopped at sobriety checkpoints. The move comes amid concerns that police were unfairly targeting those drivers.