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

New law adds gay history to California curriculums

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday making California the first state in the country to add lessons about gays and lesbians to social studies classes in public schools.

Nearly 100 arrested in 'staggering' blow to Mexican Mafia, authorities say

Federal authorities said they've dealt a "critical blow" to the Mexican Mafia's operation in Orange County on Wednesday.  

Baca's plan to monitor ex-prisoners faces skeptical supervisors

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca faced stiff resistance from the board of supervisors Tuesday to his plan to supervise ex-offenders returning home from state prison.

Voters go to the polls in 36th Congressional District special election

Voters go to the polls in a special election today to fill the South Bay congressional seat once held by Jane Harman. They'll be choosing between Democrat Janice Hahn and Republican Craig Huey. About 40,000 mail-in ballots already have been received. Polls are open until 8 tonight.

Sheriff Baca seeks to rehabilitate felons in realignment

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is vying to take control of state prison inmates released as part of Governor Jerry Brown's realignment plan. Most counties are assigning the responsibility for supervision and rehabilitation of ex-offenders to probation departments, but Baca says he can do a better job.

Councilwoman Janice Hahn's mother dies

The mother of Councilwoman Janice Hahn and former Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn has died. Ramona Hahn's unexpected death at age 86 was confirmed by her daughter's chief of staff, and comes one day before Janice Hahn competes in a runoff election for the 36th District congressional seat.

California chief justice blasts budget cuts to courts

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye on Friday railed against budget cuts to the state’s court system. She said the $350 million hit comes on top of previous budget cuts.

In debate, Hahn denies she pushed for gang member's release from jail

During a debate at KPCC Thursday, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn – a Democratic candidate for Congress – found herself fending off charges she helped a gang member get out of jail.

Nationally known Chicano activist charges FBI with targeting him for political speech

Carlos Montes, an icon among Chicano and Latino activists, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to illegal gun possession in Los Angeles. He said authorities are using the charges to target him for his political beliefs.

LAPD inspector general resigns

Inspector General Nicole Bershon said she’s leaving her job to become a Los Angeles County Superior Court Commissioner. In the hierarchy of superior court, its 140 commissioners sit just below judges and decide certain lower level legal matters. She said she’ll leave her current job in the next few weeks.

Money on the way for LA's homeless vets?

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein says federal money may be on the way to help homeless veterans in Southern California.

LA City Council approves police contract

The Los Angeles City Council on Friday approved a new labor contract with the union that represents rank and file police officers.

AEG picks architect for proposed downtown LA NFL stadium

AEG, the company that hopes to build an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles, has already picked an architect for part of the project – even though it has yet to win approval from the city.

Immigrants rights groups sue LA County sheriff Baca

Immigrant rights groups are suing Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca in an effort to force him to hand over information about his cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

LA County supervisors concerned about limiting use of fire retardant

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday raised concerns about the federal government’s plan to reduce the use of fire retardant during wildfires.