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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 may fine banks that don't maintain foreclosed properties

The Los Angeles City Council Friday considers a proposal that would create a registry of foreclosed homes — and would levy fines on banks that don’t maintain them.

LA City Council approves boycott of Arizona over immigration law

Los Angeles City Council members Wednesday assailed Arizona's new immigration law as they approved an economic boycott of the state. The council banned most official city travel to Arizona and future city contracts with companies based there. The move is designed to pressure Arizona to repeal a law that makes it a state crime to lack immigration papers, and which allows police to check the immigration status of people they have stopped for another reason.

Democrats target Whitman in governor's race

The California Democratic Party Friday jumped into the Republican race for governor. It launched a TV ad that attacks former eBay chief Meg Whitman, who holds a wide lead in the GOP primary.

GOP Senate contenders boast they're the best to beat Boxer

The three candidates running for the Republican nomination for United States Senate debated Thursday night in Los Angeles. The primary election is less than a month away, and each hopes to face Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer in November. The three agreed on many conservative issues, but also offered some sharply differing views.

ACLU: LA County jail guards perpetuate violence

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies use violence to mete out discipline at the Men’s Central Jail, says a report the American Civil Liberties Union released Wednesday. In its annual report on the downtown lock-up, the A.C.L.U. calls the aging facility a “medieval dungeon” where prisoners live in fear of retaliation and abuse. A spokesman for the Sheriff’s Department declared that the report gets it wrong.

GOP candidates for governor face off in Sunday debate

Republican gubernatorial candidates Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner face off for their second and likely final debate Sunday.

Villaraigosa backs Arizona boycott; LA prepares for big immigration rally

Police say as many as 100,000 people may attend Saturday's immigration rights rally in downtown Los Angeles. The protest is aimed at Arizona’s new law that requires local police in that state to arrest undocumented immigrants.

Daryl Gates remembered by friends, family and colleagues

More than 3,500 police chiefs and beat cops, politicians and judges paid their last respects Tuesday to former Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates, during a downtown funeral procession and memorial service. Gates died April 16 of cancer. Friends and colleagues heaped praise on a man once called “America’s Police Chief” but who also polarized the city he protected.

Daryl Gates funeral held in downtown LA

Hundreds of law enforcement officers and civic leaders from across the region paid final respects to former Los Angeles police Chief Daryl Gates, whose funeral was held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels today. (Audio: KPCC's Shirley Jahad talks to Frank Stoltze as he brings us a live report from former Chief Daryl Gate's funeral procession in downtown L.A.)

Daryl Gates remembered by hundreds who pay tribute

A closed casket viewing at police headquarters drew hundreds of current and former cops.

Daryl Gates recalled by old adversary City Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky

As a city councilman during Daryl Gates' tenure, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky often battled the police chief. He sees his old adversary in a different light today. The Los Angeles Police Department is hosting a closed-casket viewing for former Chief Daryl Gates Monday inside the auditorium of its new downtown headquarters. It runs from noon until 8 p.m. Gates died April 16, 2010, after a bout with bladder cancer. He was 83.

Villaraigosa proposes budget, offers city council olive branch

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa delivered his state of the city address Tuesday, and a proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. It includes hundreds of layoffs and deep service cuts.

Beutner faces DWP with history of resisting oversight

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Wednesday appointed his economic czar to temporarily head the city’s Department of Water and Power. Austin Beutner steps into a firestorm of controversy surrounding the powerful agency. The recent debate over a power rate increase and accusations that agency managers lied to elected officials have raised the ire of many in and out of City Hall.

LA County budget proposal would shrink spending nearly 4%

Los Angeles County’s chief executive officer released his proposed budget Monday. It’s a $22.7 billion plan that shrinks county spending by 3.7 percent.

Former LAPD Chief Gates loved, reviled in the city he policed

Former Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates died Friday from cancer. He was 83. Gates, the chief from 1978 until 1992, was a major figure in the city’s history – a polarizing man who engendered deep admiration and bitter revulsion. Among Los Angeles police officers, Daryl Gates was a giant. “I thought the guy walked on water," Officer Ossie Crenshaw said as he took a break from working out at the Police Academy in Elysian Park.