Frank Stoltze

Correspondent

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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

Los Angeles City Council delays vote on police, fire health care plans

Labor union leaders representing Los Angeles city firefighters and police officers Tuesday beat back an attempt to cut back their health care benefits.

Los Angeles police union challenges vechicle impound policy

The labor union that represents Los Angeles police officers is trying to block the department’s new, more lenient policy for unlicensed drivers stopped at DUI checkpoints. Chief Charlie Beck said the old policy was unfair to illegal immigrants.

Democratic strategist Kam Kuwata found dead

Democratic political consultant Kam Kuwata has died. Los Angeles police say they found his body inside his Venice home Monday morning after friends worried about his whereabouts. Police have not announced a cause of death, but they say they found no evidence of foul play. Kuwata was 57.

Los Angeles Police Chief Beck vows to make Dodger Stadium safe

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has vowed to make Dodger Stadium safe. This follows the severe beating of a Giants fan in the parking lot on opening day last week.

Dodgers hire former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton after opening day beating

The Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday announced they’ve hired former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton to review and improve security at the stadium. The move follows the severe beating of a Giants fan in the parking lot on opening day.

LA City Council support ban on openly carrying guns

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to support a proposed state law that would prohibit people from openly carrying an unloaded handgun in public.

LAPD officer shot in Sylmar remains in critical but stable condition

Doctors say the LAPD officer shot during a standoff Monday in Sylmar remains in critical but stable condition. They expect him to survive.

Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities founder John Young reflects on RBI program

John Young is hardly a household name. But the former professional baseball player’s had a profound effect on thousands of kids in Southern California and beyond. Young’s life is one that started bright, flickered, then burned anew with a passion to help inner-city boys and girls.

California pension problems deepen as Governor Brown proposes reforms

California Governor Jerry Brown Thursday introduced a series of pension reform proposals, as the California State Teachers Retirement System reported a jump in unfunded liabilities.

Family marks anniversary of son who died inside LA County Jail

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.

LAX airport taxi fares increased

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.

LA City Council approves giant digital billboards for Wilshire Grand project

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.

Late Secretary of State Warren Christopher remembered at Disney Hall service

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 labor union leaders try to sell deal to members

Los Angeles city labor leaders will try this week to sell their members on the idea of contributing more to their pension plans.

Labor rally planned for downtown Los Angeles

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.