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

Federal deportation program under fire in Los Angeles

Civil rights lawyers in Los Angeles on Thursday said federal immigration authorities are snagging innocent crime victims in their drive to increase deportations using the Secure Communities program. They pointed to the case of a domestic violence victim recently arrested by the LAPD.

Los Angeles Fire Department faces permanent cuts in service

Facing the worst budget deficit in decades, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has proposed deep cuts to the city’s fire department. His plan would permanently close nearly 30 fire trucks and paramedic units, and would shrink the department by more than 300 firefighters. Fire officials who designed the plan promise that it would maintain public safety. Critics predict that it’ll lead to unnecessary deaths.

Los Angeles criminal courts building closed again Tuesday

Officials say flooding will keep the criminal courts building in downtown Los Angeles closed for a second day today.

Search and rescue team practices responding to radiation disaster

The Los Angeles Fire Department’s urban search and rescue team has increased its training for radiation-related disasters, in the wake of what happened at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants. “In light of what happened in Japan with the nuclear reactors, we could theoretically have that happen here,” said Rick Godinez of the fire department’s California Task Force One.

Judge sentences Rosemead man who planned to smuggle missiles into U.S.

A federal judge in Los Angeles on Monday sentenced a Rosemead man to 25 years in prison for plotting to smuggle missiles from China.

LAPD cops remember fallen colleagues

The Los Angeles Police Department Thursday held its annual memorial for officers who died in the line of duty. Top brass and officers gathered outside police headquarters.

LAPD gay cop case goes to trial

A gay Los Angeles Police officer claims in a lawsuit that his superior harassed him because of his sexual orientation.

City cuts deal with Olvera Street merchants

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday signed off on a deal with merchants along downtown’s historic Olvera Street.

Bowen, Gin, Hahn, Winograd in crowded field for 36th Congressional District

The tone of political campaigns may divide voters as much as ever, even turn them off. But that hasn’t stopped 16 people from jumping into the special election to replace former Congresswoman Jane Harman, who quit a couple of months after her re-election last year to head a think tank.

LA City Council approves labor union deal

The Los Angeles City Council on Friday approved a labor union deal that will require many city workers to contribute more to their retirement healthcare plans.

LAPD says it's cleared backlog of rape kits

Los Angeles Police Department officials Wednesday said they’ve cleared a backlog of untested DNA evidence collected in sexual assault cases.

LA Mayor Villaraigosa orders more furloughs after workers reject deal

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday ordered more than seven weeks of unpaid furlough days for thousands of city workers after they rejected a labor union deal.

LADWP General Manager Nichols defends billing practices

The general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is defending his agency’s billing practices.

Audit says Los Angeles fails to collect on parking ticket scofflaws

Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel Tuesday said cash-strapped L.A. is failing to collect millions of dollars in unpaid parking tickets.

Los Angeles City Council holds budget hearings over Mayor Villaraigosa's proposed budget

The Los Angeles City Council this week begins scrutinizing the mayor’s proposed $7 billion budget.