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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 city council engages in sharp debate over medical pot

Passions ran hot Wednesday as the Los Angeles City Council once again debated new regulations on medical marijuana dispensaries.

LA firefighters' union president says cutbacks costing lives

The leader of the union that represents Los Angeles city firefighters blames budget cuts for two recent deaths. The charge arises as the union negotiates a new contract with the city.

Audit finds LAPD bungled millions in purchases

Los Angeles Police officials Tuesday promised to improve purchasing procedures after an audit found the department bungled millions of dollars in purchases.

LA considers gang intervention training academy

Los Angeles considered a proposal to create a first-of-its kind training academy for gang intervention workers. The Los Angeles City Council’s Public Safety Committee approved the plan on Monday.

LA considers expanding the microchipping of dogs and cats

The Los Angeles City Council is considering a proposal that would require microchipping dogs and cats people take home from city animal shelters.

Burbank hires former federal prosecutor to address policing problems

The City of Burbank has hired a former federal prosecutor to help reform its police department. Last month, the police chief announced his resignation amid allegations of discrimination and bias.

LA medical pot dispensaries capped at 70, but 137 to stay open

The new medical marijuana rules in Los Angeles will cap the number of pot dispensaries in the city at 70. But 137 will be allowed to do business under the L.A. City Council's revamped regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries.

LA City Council may finally vote today on pot shop crackdown

Pot shop owners across Los Angeles are closely watching the City Council Tuesday. It’s expected to vote today on a new ordinance that would regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, and limit their numbers. Two pot shop owners spoke with KPCC during a break in council deliberations on the issue recently.

LA city budget outlook bleak, Council committees propose police cuts

The budget crisis in Los Angeles may force the city’s police department to cancel January classes for new recruits.

Independent expenditures by labor unions soar in LA City Council race

Voters in the eastern San Fernando Valley go to the polls Tuesday to elect a new representative on the Los Angeles City Council. The result may not depend on the candidates, but on one of the biggest independent expenditure campaigns in city history.

LAPD Chief Beck brings Daryl Gates and Tom Hayden to the same stage

Thursday's ceremonial swearing-in of LAPD Chief Charlie Beck assembled the department’s diehard defenders, and its toughest critics. That reflects what many people regard as one of Beck’s most important talents.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck's son talks about becoming a cop under his dad

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Friday presides over his first class of graduates from the police academy. His 23-year-old son Martin Beck is one of them. (Audio: Martin Beck spoke with KPCC’s Frank Stoltze.)

New LAPD Chief Beck talks about leadership style

Los Angeles celebrated its new police chief Thursday with a ceremonial swearing-in, a barbecue at the police academy and a Getty Center dinner. Chief Charlie Beck succeeded Bill Bratton two weeks ago, promising to continue his predecessor’s push for a more community-friendly LAPD and to put more officers in the field. (Audio: An excerpt of an interview Beck did with KPCC.)

Proposed LA pot law may confict with judge's opinion

The Los Angeles City Council plans to move forward with a medical marijuana ordinance that would allow people to exchange cash for pot, despite a judge’s opinion that suggests such transactions are illegal.

Panel says LA Mayor Villaraigosa should give up control of anti-gang programs

A Los Angeles City Council committee that reviewed gang prevention and intervention programs says the mayor's office provides too little transparency.