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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 police union's call for hiring freeze draws praise, fire

The chairman of the Los Angeles City Council’s Public Safety Committee praised the police union Wednesday for urging a freeze on hiring new L.A.P.D. officers - even as Police Chief Charlie Beck denounced it. Its the first time the politically powerful union has challenged Beck, who is popular with the rank and file.

Los Angeles police union wants more overtime, fewer officers

The Los Angeles police union is asking the city to stop hiring new officers and to fill in gaps by paying existing officers for overtime, according to the Los Angeles Times. Police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa say that's a bad idea.

Kamala Harris promises reform during first news conference as AG-elect

California Attorney General-elect Kamala Harris held a news conference on Tuesday, her first since the election. She announced a high-powered transition team and promised to follow through on her campaign promises to reform the criminal justice system.

Kamala Harris to declare victory in attorney general's race

San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has scheduled news conferences in Los Angeles and San Francisco Tuesday to declare victory in her historic win. She becomes California’s first female, first black and first Indian-American state attorney general.

ACLU names Hector Villagra to replace Ramona Ripston as Southern California director

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California Monday named Hector Villagra as its new director. He'll replace longtime executive director Ramona Ripston in February.

Prop 8 appeal judges make a mixed ideological bag

The federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Monday named the three judges who’ll hear arguments over the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the voter-approved measure that bans same-sex marriages. They cover the ideological spectrum. The hearing is Dec. 6.

Harris worked hard in LA County to beat Cooley in California attorney general race

San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has won a historic comeback victory in the long drawn out race for California attorney general. Her Republican opponent Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley conceded the race Wednesday – more than three weeks after the election. A spokesman said Cooley’s 50,000 vote deficit was insurmountable. More than 9 million votes were cast. Harris becomes the first woman, the first African-American and the first Indian-American ever elected to the state’s top law enforcement job.

Cooley concedes California attorney general race to Harris

Republican Steve Cooley, Los Angeles County district attorney, conceded the California attorney general's race to Kamala Harris, giving Democrats a sweep of all statewide offices. Cooley conceded as updated vote tallies continued to widen San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris' lead.

LA Weekly calls AG race in favor of Kamala Harris

The L.A. Weekly says San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris holds a nearly insurmountable 50,000 vote lead over Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley.

LA County Supervisors look to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas

Los Angeles County Supervisors are proposing a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, where about 1.4 million people live. Officials say only a handful of the dispensaries exist in those areas — all without permits.

Report documents exploitation of immigrant women in US food industry

The Southern Poverty Law Center calls the exploitation of immigrant women in the nation’s food industry “one of the great civil rights crises of our time.” The organization's new report, released Monday, says the fields of California harvest many of the abuses.

Beck marks one year as LAPD chief

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck marked a year on the job Wednesday with a news conference about his record so far. He touted lower crime and better community relations as accomplishments.

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.