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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 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.

LAPD to increase surveillance camera use at housing projects

Los Angeles plans to add 125 police cameras at public housing projects across the city.

LA program informs girlfriends, wives of prison inmates about HIV prevention

The Center for Health Justice in Los Angeles has launched a the new program to assist the wives and girlfriends of current and former state prison inmates to avoid H.I.V. infection.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas delays Probation Department reforms

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas Tuesday blocked a vote on proposed changes at the problem-plagued Probation Department.

Los Angeles sheriff's deputies involved in more alcohol-related incidents

An annual report by the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review found a dramatic increase in the number of alcohol-related incidents that involves deputies.

Trial starts for journalists' May Day melee lawsuit against LA

A lawsuit brought in civil court by three veteran journalists struck by Los Angeles police officers during the 2007 MacArthur Park melee got under way Friday.

Walden House for ex-prison inmates opens in MacArthur Park

A new Los Angeles residential treatment facility for drug addicts and ex-cons is one bright spot in an otherwise sparse landscape of programs for men and women that society’s largely abandoned.

Pasadena selects new police chief

Pasadena named Santa Monica Deputy Chief Phillip Sanchez as its new chief of police Tuesday.

LA County probation chief promises reforms in wake of scathing report

Los Angeles County Probation Chief Donald Blevins Monday said he'll speed up and consolidate investigations.

Los Angeles graduates first class of gang interventionists

The Los Angeles Violence Intervention Training Academy Friday graduated its first class. The class included 27 former gang members now devoted to peacemaking in their neighborhoods.

Whitman, Poizner hope to win over GOP faithful

The two candidates for the GOP nomination for California governor spent a weekend of intense campaigning before Tuesday's primary election. The race is the most expensive primary campaign ever, as Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner seek to win over the GOP faithful.