Frank Stoltze Correspondent
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
A 31-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday to setting a homeless man on fire and killing him near downtown Los Angeles.
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.
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.
Dozens of librarians and book lovers showed up at Wednesday's Los Angeles City Council meeting to protest proposed cuts to public libraries.
The city of Inglewood has reached a settlement with the families of three unarmed men shot by police. One of the men died.
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 are reacting to Tuesday's signing of a massive health care reform bill by President Obama.
Republican Meg Whitman is spending more than any other candidate in state history on her campaign for governor.
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.
Former Chapman University Law School Dean John Eastman may have scored a coup in his bid for the Republican nomination for Attorney General. He wants the California secretary of state to list him on the ballot as an Assistant Attorney General. Opponents are crying ‘foul.’
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is in Southern California Friday to promote his new book and to revive his old presidential aspirations.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney has opened an inquiry into the spending practices of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.
Worried that she’ll face strong opposition from Republicans, Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s campaign Wednesday announced that the president will help fundraise for her re-election bid.
Former eBay chief Meg Whitman and State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner engaged in their first face-to-face debate last night. The two are vying for the Republican nomination for governor.
The two candidates for the Republican Party’s nomination for governor debate for the first time tonight in Orange County. Former eBay chief Meg Whitman and State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner meet after a weekend of criticizing each other as not conservative enough to serve as the party’s standard bearer. (Audio: KPCC’s Frank Stoltze joins Susanne Whatley and explains how important this debate is.)