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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 power politics threaten city's financial stability

By most accounts, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has lost an extraordinary political showdown. But the City Council’s refusal this week to approve Villaraigosa’s proposed electricity rate hike – and the mayor’s refusal to accept a smaller rate increase – threaten the city’s financial stability.

LA kids plead with City Council to save Parks programs

Kids and parents pleaded with the Los Angeles City Council Wednesday to prevent deep cuts to the Recreation and Parks Department. L.A. faces a deficit of more than $600 million, and the city plans to eliminate hundreds of jobs at its parks.

LA City Council moves to ban mobile billboards

The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday moved to ban mobile billboards.

Business groups lobby against DWP surcharge

Powerful business groups have played a key role in opposing Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's proposed 2.7 cent per-kilowatt-hour power rate increase over the next year, which included a "carbon reduction surcharge." Carol Shatz of the downtown Central City Association could be seen lobbying the City Council to oppose the plan, which could raise power bills for businesses by more than 20 percent.

ACLU report: Latinos increasingly sentenced to death in Calif.

California sent more people to death row last year than in the past seven years, says a report the American Civil Liberties Union released Tuesday.

Toddler's death prompts LA County to cancel contract with foster care agency

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday canceled its contract with the private foster care agency that oversaw a home where a woman allegedly beat a little girl to death.

Man pleads guilty to setting homeless man ablaze, killing him

A 31-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday to setting a homeless man on fire and killing him near downtown Los Angeles.

Part-time California legislature proposal fails

Backers of a proposal to create a so-called “citizen legislature” in California say they’ve failed to qualify their measure for the November ballot.

Gore joins LA mayor to urge city council to approve DWP rate hikes

Former Vice President Al Gore Thursday announced his support for a proposed carbon reduction surcharge on power bills in the city of Los Angeles. The proposal’s drawn sharp criticism from both business and residential customers who say it’s a bad time to be raising rates.

Librarians, book lovers criticize proposed LA library cuts

Dozens of librarians and book lovers showed up at Wednesday's Los Angeles City Council meeting to protest proposed cuts to public libraries.

Inglewood to pay $2.4M to families of men shot by police

The city of Inglewood has reached a settlement with the families of three unarmed men shot by police. One of the men died.

LAPD says it trains officers how to deal with autistic people

Los Angeles Police officials say they began providing training on how to deal with people with autism long before two officers shot and killed an autistic man over the weekend.

Southern Californians react to passage of health care reform

Southern Californians are reacting to Tuesday's signing of a massive health care reform bill by President Obama.

Whitman breaks spending records in campaign for governor

Republican Meg Whitman is spending more than any other candidate in state history on her campaign for governor.

Burbank Police Department under fire from inside, outside its ranks

The Burbank Police Department’s under fire – from within and beyond its ranks. In a lawsuit filed last year, a group of officers claims a culture of racial, gender and sexual orientation discrimination persists at the department. In addition, the F.B.I. is conducting a wide-ranging investigation into possible excessive use of force by Burbank cops.