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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

Obama fundraises in Southern California

President Obama is headlining a fundraiser for congressional Democrats in Los Angeles Monday.

Bell City Council cuts own salaries

Residents of Bell packed another City Council meeting Monday night, outraged over the council’s salaries and those of top administrators. The council responded to the concerns, but it wasn’t enough to quell calls for four of its members to resign. The council voted to slash its own salaries, but there was still an air of defiance.

State AG Jerry Brown subpoenas Bell City records in pay scandal

State Attorney General Jerry Brown on Monday subpoenaed hundreds of employment records from the city of Bell, where the chief administrative officer made nearly $800,000 a year.

Three Bell officials resign over pay scandal

The three top administrators whose exorbitant salaries sparked outrage in the tiny city of Bell in Southeast L.A. agreed to resign Thursday night.

Investigation into jail suicides uncovers deputy misconduct

Los Angeles County authorities today said some sheriff’s deputies involved in misconduct at the downtown L.A. jail will keep their jobs. Two others were fired.

Poll finds Catholic-Evangelical Split Over Gay Marriage

A new survey mirrors a recent Field Poll that found a slight majority of Californians now support gay marriage. The poll also explores how major religious groups in California feel about same-sex marriage. The survey by the Washington D.C. based non-partisan Public Religion Research Institute arrives as a federal judge mulls the legality of Proposition 8 – the law that outlawed those marriages in this state.

Whitman questions Brown's official travels

Former eBay chief Meg Whitman wants to know if California Attorney General Jerry Brown is using state resources in his gubernatorial campaign against her.

LA seeks to bring children closer to mothers behind bars

Los Angeles County's launched a new program to make it easier for kids to visit their incarcerated mothers. It's intended to help mothers and children as incarceration rates rise.

California Democrats remain neutral on marijuana initiative

In a move intended to protect its statewide candidates, the California Democratic Party this weekend voted to remain neutral on a November ballot measure that would legalize marijuana.

LAPD installing cameras in patrol cars - racial profiling a target

The Los Angeles Police Department plans to install cameras in 300 squad cars in South L.A. Police leaders say the long-awaited move will provide evidence of bad behavior by suspects and police officers engaged in wrongdoing.

LA DA Cooley blasts Swiss over Polanski

Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley has sharply criticized the Swiss government’s refusal Monday to extradite Roman Polanski. Cooley said he’ll still seek ways to bring the Oscar-winning film director back to L.A. on charges he had unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl more than three decades ago.

LAPD to release more details on 'Grim Sleeper' arrest

The LAPD has scheduled an 11 a.m. news conference Thursday to provide more details on the arrest of a former police mechanic on charges that he’s the infamous “Grim Sleeper” serial killer. Police arrested Lonnie David Franklin Jr., 57, outside his South L.A. home, where many neighbors described him as “friendly” and “sweet.”

Quick May Day melee trial closes in LA Superior Court

Closing arguments begin today in a civil lawsuit brought by three journalists against the city of Los Angeles and its police department. Jurors in Superior Court will weigh whether to hold the LAPD responsible for physical and psychological injuries journalists claim took place in MacArthur Park during an immigration rally three years ago.

3 journalists claim LAPD officers beat them

A civil lawsuit brought by three veteran journalists against the city of Los Angeles enters its second week Monday. The journalists, including KPCC's Patricia Nazario, say LAPD officers beat them up during an immigration rights march in MacArthur Park three years ago.

Villaraigosa attorney: Official duties include free tickets

A lawyer for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa asserts that the mayor doesn’t need to report free tickets to ballgames and concerts — because attending them is part of his official duties.