Frank Stoltze


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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

Mayor Villaraigosa cuts pension reform deal with Los Angeles labor unions

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Thursday said the city’s largest labor unions have agreed to increase retiree health care and pension contributions – an important step in addressing the city’s budget crisis.

Warren Christopher: A powerful and quiet player in LA

When former United States Secretary of State Warren Christopher died last week, most people focused on his foreign policy accomplishments: He secured freedom for the American hostages in Iran in 1980, and helped broker the Bosnian peace deal for the Clinton administration. But Christopher also played a quiet yet crucial role in Los Angeles.

LA County sheriff's deputies at Men's Central Jail under investigation

A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Wednesday confirmed that the department has broadened its investigation into a clique of deputies who worked at Men’s Central Jail.

Los Angeles County Supervisors raise fees

In a theme that’s playing out around California, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved fee increases to address a growing budget shortfall.

LA facing $47 million deficit over next 3 months; CAO suggests freezing police hiring

The Los Angeles City Council this week returns to the subject its likes least: L.A.’s burgeoning budget deficit.

Los Angeles officials seek to allay concerns about radiation, earthquakes after Japan

Emergency planners in Southern California Friday sought to allay concerns that the earthquake and nuclear disaster in Japan threatens public safety here.

2013 Los Angeles mayor's race well under way

The field is expected to be crowded in the race to succeed Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Two candidates Wednesday added their names to the list of contenders.

LA Police Commission supports officer shooting of Guatemalan day laborer

The Los Angeles Police Commission Tuesday said an officer was justified in killing a Guatemalan day laborer in the Westlake District last year. The shooting last September prompted violent protests.

LAPD eases impound policy for illegal immigrants

In a move closely watched by other Southern California law enforcement agencies, LAPD Chief Chalie Beck has ordered his officers end the practice of immediately seizing the cars of undocumented immigrants who are stopped at sobriety checkpoints. The move comes amid concerns that police were unfairly targeting those drivers.

LAPD makes it easier for illegal immigrant drivers

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced Monday that his officers will no longer automatically tow the cars of illegal immigrant drivers stopped at sobriety checkpoints.

Officer who lied about being shot is charged

Prosecutors filed criminal charges Thursday against the Los Angeles Schools police officer who lied about being shot outside a Woodland Hills high school.

LA district attorney's race getting crowded

Career prosecutor Bobby Grace is the latest entry in next year's contest for the top prosecutor's job in Los Angeles County.

Bernard Parks challenger says she has him 'on the ropes'

It's a cliffhanger, but Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks on Wednesday declared victory in his re-election bid. His main challenger, Forescee Hogan-Rowles, is saying ‘not-so-fast.'

LA City Council moves to keep nearly $1 billion from state

The Los Angeles City Council today rushed to lock up more than $1 billion in local redevelopment money to keep it out of the state’s hands. Lawmakers in Sacramento could vote as early as this week to eliminate redevelopment agencies - and shift their tax dollars back into the state’s coffers.

Measure G would reduce pensions for new police, firefighters

This coming Tuesday, voters will decide on Measure G, which would reduce the pensions of police officers and firefighters hired after July 1.