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

Los Angeles firefighter injured in Hollywood Hills home fire clings to life

Los Angeles City Fire Department officials say a firefighter remains in grave condition after a ceiling collapsed on him Wednesday night in a Hollywood Hills home. They haven’t released his name.

PGA returns to Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades

Some of the world’s best golfers return to Los Angeles today for the first round of the Northern Trust Open. KPCC’s resident golfer, Frank Stoltze, runs it down.

Councilman Greig Smith on Los Angeles's worsening budget crisis

The Los Angeles City Council today is expected to address the city’s worsening budget crisis. Last week, the city administrative officer said a plan to privatize nine city-owned parking garages had fallen through because the Council had placed too many restrictions on the proposed contract. That’s opened up a more-than $50 million hole in L.A.'s already beleaguered budget. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says the deal can be saved. Most on the Council seem to disagree. In an interview with KPCC’s Frank Stoltze, Councilman Greig Smith – who sits on the budget committee – called the plan ill-fated from the start.

LA City Council approves money for jailers, loaned from neighborhood trust fund

The Los Angeles City Council performed a budget backflip Tuesday as it shifted money to pay for guards at the new city jail.

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen plans to run for Congress

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen has entered the congressional race to replace South Bay Democrat Jane Harman. Harman’s resigning to run a think tank.

Vilaraigosa pushes parking privatization deal

Desperate to close a budget deficit, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Monday urged the City Council to ignore the advice of the city administrative officer and push forward on plans to privatize city parking garages.

LA City Council race features 2 former friends: Huizar, Martinez

Among the seven city council races in Los Angeles, one stands out. The race for the 14th District features two men who once called each other friends. The race turned bitter for a time, but it appears more civil – for the moment.

LA City Councilman Huizar debates opponent Martinez in subdued debate

The two men vying to represent the 14th City Council District in Los Angeles faced off in a debate last night. They once were close friends, but now businessman Rudy Martinez wants to unseat incumbent Jose Huizar. The race has been marked by fireworks, but last night was relatively subdued.

AEG's Leiweke pushes downtown LA streetcar

AGE president Tim Leiweke, operator of Staples Center and LA Live — and the man behind a prospective NFL football stadium — is one of the biggest backers of a proposed streetcar system in downtown Los Angeles. The route includes his venues.

Expect sparks at Huizar/Martinez LA City Council debate

The race between two former friends for L.A.'s 14th District City Council seat has turned even more bitter. Over the weekend, a top aide to incumbent Jose Huizar wrote in an e-mail that his campaign would put a “political bullet” in Huizar’s opponent.

Police tightlipped about Stenroos motive

Los Angeles police still aren’t saying much about last month’s shooting that involved school police officer Jeff Stenroos.

LAPD Chief Beck disbands some gang units as officers refuse to follow new rules

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck Thursday sought to allay concerns about increased crime, even as he shut down anti-gang units in some of the most violent areas of the city. The closings follow some officers’ refusal to sign financial disclosure forms mandated by a federal consent decree.

Feds and local law enforcement target 38th street gang

Local and federal law enforcement agencies arrested almost 60 people in a gang crackdown. They’re suspected of being associates of the 38th Street gang.

LA school cop arrested; shooting story apparently fake

School police officer Jeff Stenroos, shot last week near a high school campus in Woodland Hills, was arrested last night. The officer’s been charged with making up the story.

LAPD Chief releases PSA over concern about immimgration rhetoric

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck sought Thursday to assure residents that his officers will not arrest them because of their immigration status.