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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 County’s chief executive said Monday the county faces a $220 million budget shortfall in the coming fiscal year, as lower tax revenues continue to strain local government coffers.
Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has formed an exploratory committee in preparation for a likely run for Los Angeles County district attorney next year. It is a major break with the current D.A. Steve Cooley, who has said he would prefer his assistant Jackie Lacey to succeed him.
The Los Angeles Police Department has agreed to ease daytime curfew laws amid complaints that officers are indiscriminately handing out tens of thousands of tickets to high school students. Officers will stop most sweeps during the first hour of classes and no longer ticket students on campus.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Wednesday said he intends to push for dramatic changes in the contract between the Los Angeles Unified School District and its powerful teachers union this year. Villaraigosa delivered his message in his annual State of the City address.
Labor union leaders representing Los Angeles city firefighters and police officers Tuesday beat back an attempt to cut back their health care benefits.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Doctors say the LAPD officer shot during a standoff Monday in Sylmar remains in critical but stable condition. They expect him to survive.
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 Governor Jerry Brown Thursday introduced a series of pension reform proposals, as the California State Teachers Retirement System reported a jump in unfunded liabilities.
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.
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.