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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

Vote count tight, messy in California attorney general race

Charges and counter-charges are flying in the still-too-close-to-call race for California attorney general. Since Election Day, the lead has swung back and forth between Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley and San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris. As of early Wednesday morning, Harris maintained an edge of nearly 30,000 votes, with more than half a million still uncounted. Things have gotten a little tense at the Registrar of Voters’ Office in Norwalk.

LA City Council relaxes medical marijuana regulations

The Los Angeles City Council asked the City Attorney on Friday to draft language that would ease management restrictions, and pave the way for as many as 180 pot stores in the city.

LA City Council ignores Arizona boycott, buys police Tasers from Scottsdale company

The Los Angeles City Council voted today to keep buying police Tasers from an Arizona-based company, despite the city’s economic boycott of that state.

California attorney general race still too close to call

Ballot counting continues Monday in the race for California attorney general. Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley leads San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris by nearly 37,000 votes in a race that’s still too close to call.

California Attorney Generals' tallies tighten

County elections officials throughout California are counting absentee and provisional ballots to figure out who the next state attorney general will. San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris leads Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley by just 9,000 votes – of more than 7 million cast.

Cooley/Harris California attorney general race still too close to call

The final result of the race for California attorney general may not become clear for weeks. San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris holds a lead of 9,000 votes over Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley.

Brown, Boxer win California statewide races; Cooley-Harris still too close to call

Unlike in much of the country, Democrats fared well in California Tuesday. The cliffhanger: the race for attorney general between L.A. County DA Steve Cooley and San Francisco DA Kamala Harris.

California bucks national trend, chooses Democratic candidates

California voters elected Jerry Brown governor and decided to return Barbara Boxer to the U.S. Senate Tuesday, bucking national trends that saw widespread Democratic defeats.

Election Day arrives after barrage of negative ads

Polls are open across Southern California from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Brown, Boxer, fellow Democrats rally in downtown LA

A day before voters go to the polls, the entire Democratic ticket of candidates for statewide office gathers outside the central library in downtown Los Angeles.

Fiorina hoping for comeback win against Boxer

Former Hewlett-Packard chief Carly Fiorina hopes for a comeback victory against incumbent U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer Tuesday. She trails in the polls, but says she believes she still has a chance of catching the anti-incumbent wave sweeping the country.

Prop 19 battle heats up with $1 million from George Soros

The battle to legalize marijuana in California is heating up in the final days of the campaign.

Cooley says he'd be a nonpartisan attorney general

The race for California attorney general pits Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley against San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris. Both are career prosecutors. The similarities stop there. Harris bills herself as an innovator. Cooley says he’s a by-the-book lawman.

Fiorina hospitalized with infection related to breast cancer surgery [Updated]

U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina entered a hospital today, and it's unclear when she'll be able to resume campaigning. A statement from her campaign says the Republican challenger to U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer has an infection from surgery she underwent this summer.

National GOP group targets Calif. attorney general candidate Kamala Harris

A national Republican group has purchased more than one million in TV ads attacking the Democratic Party’s nominee for California Attorney General, Kamala Harris. National GOP groups are flush with campaign cash this year, and are able to exert influence in more races than in the past.