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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

Big week ahead in California politics

The week features three political debates. Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown face off for first time in their race for governor Tuesday night. Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and her Republican challenger Carly Fiorina debate Wednesday at KPCC.

Whitman opposes Proposition 23

After she refused for months to take a position on Proposition 23, Republican candidate for governor Meg Whitman yesterday announced that she opposes the ballot measure that would indefinitely delay California’s landmark global warming law.

LA judge postpones Bell officials' arraigment

A Los Angeles judge allowed three Bell city officials to post bail. But she delayed a decision on bail for five other officials – including the mayor and former city manager. All face corruption charges. Formal arraignment, meantime, was postponed until next month.

Bell city officials face arraignment today [Updated]

Bell's mayor, three council members, former city manager and three other former officials were arrested Tuesday on corruption charges related to their exorbitant salaries. All spent the night in jail. An audit shows the city of Bell mismanaged more than $50 million in bond money and suggests that its disgraced ex-city manager and other employees used city funds to line their pockets.

California prison guards back Brown

The powerful labor union that represents state prison guards endorsed Jerry Brown for governor Monday.

Brown pressures Whitman on Prop 23

Democratic candidate for governor Jerry Brown sought to turn up the heat on Republican Meg Whitman Monday over her refusal to take a position on Proposition 23.

Poll indicates Boxer leads Fiorina by slight margin

A new poll indicates that Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer holds a slight lead over her Republican challenger Carly Fiorina.

Fiorina questions Boxer's military support

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer – who’s in a tough fight to save her job – is defending her votes on military spending.

March planned over LAPD shooting of Guatemalan immigrant

Activists plan another protest Saturday over the fatal police shooting of a Guatemalan day laborer. They plan to march from where the man died to Los Angeles police headquarters starting at 10:00 a.m.

Los Angeles city controller disappointed with city's use of federal stimulus funds

Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel says she’s “disappointed” in the way the city’s used its federal stimulus money to create jobs.

California State Senator Roderick Wright indicted on perjury charges

A Los Angeles County grand jury has indicted State Senator Roderick Wright on perjury charges.

Brown concedes Bell lawsuit is novel

California Attorney General Jerry Brown announced Wednesday he’s suing eight current and former Bell city officials whose big salaries set off angry protests.

Whitman, Brown spar over Clinton ad

Democratic candidate for governor Jerry Brown Tuesday released his first attack ad against Republican rival Meg Whitman in a tight race that's gaining in intensity. The ad responds to Whitman’s television commercial featuring former President Bill Clinton criticizing Brown during the 1992 Democratic presidential primary. Clinton, meantime, endorsed Brown on Tuesday.

New police database provides hyper-local info to law enforcement

Southern California law enforcement officials Tuesday unveiled a new database designed to help them better understand the neighborhoods they police. It's believed to be a first-of-its kind system.

Justice Dept. sues Walnut for alleged religious discrimination

The federal government Monday sued the city of Walnut, alleging that the San Gabriel Valley city engaged in religious discrimination when it denied a land use permit for a Buddhist temple.