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

Unarmed man killed by Long Beach police was avid surfer, snowboarder

In an emotional news conference, Doug Zerby's family spoke lovingly of him and decried Long Beach Police officers for opening fire on an unarmed man without every identifying themselves.

LAPD detective tells of finding photos of women at 'Grim Sleeper' serial killer's home

The “Grim Sleeper” serial murder case took another turn Thursday. Trying to identify more victims, Los Angeles police released 180 photos found at the home of alleged killer Lonnie David Franklin Junior. Franklin’s charged with killing 10 people, but police believe he murdered more.

LAPD releases photos of possible 'Grim Sleeper' victims, asking public for help

Los Angeles Police Thursday released more than 180 photos of mostly African American women who may have been victims of the “Grim Sleeper” serial murderer.

[UPDATED] LA City Council fails to override mayor's veto of DWP measure

The Los Angeles City Council stalled on Wednesday in its effort to wrest more control over the Department of Water and Power from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. It decided against overriding the mayor’s veto of a measure that would have given the council the authority to fire DWP general managers.

Officials release comprehensive Southern California earthquake plan

State and federal emergency management officials yesterday signed off on a new earthquake response plan for Southern California.

Long Beach police chief admits officers never identified themselves to man they shot

Long Beach’s police chief has admitted that his officers never identified themselves before they shot and killed a man Sunday. The victim was sitting on a friend’s front porch.

LA City Council to vote this week on overriding mayoral veto

The Los Angeles City Council this week will decide whether to override Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s veto of a measure that would reduce his control of the Department of Water and Power.

America's Most Wanted segment key to solving Ronni Chasen murder

Beverly Hills police say they had few leads before the TV show ran a segment just days after the killing of the Hollywood publicist.

Police say parolee probably killed Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen

The case attracted worldwide attention and murder theories that included that someone had hired a professional to kill the high-powered Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen. Police say in the end, Chasen was murdered by a desperate convicted felon during a botched robbery. The man - Harold Martin Smith - committed suicide last week.

Racially biased policing remains focus at LAPD

Allegations of racially-biased policing remain a major focus of reform at the Los Angeles Police Department. A report by the department’s inspector general says, while the department’s made progress, it still has work to do.

Federal appeals panel considers gay marriage ban

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals began to hear testimony over California's same-sex marriage ban on Monday. The federal panel includes a liberal, conservative and moderate jurist who quizzed attorneys on both sides of the gay marriage debate. Legal scholars and activists on both sides of the issue are closely watching a case that could be the first about gay marriage to end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Federal appeals court hears Prop 8 gay marriage case today [Updated]

A federal appeals court in San Francisco hears arguments today over a judge’s decision to overturn Proposition 8 – the voter-approved measure that banned same-sex marriages in California.

Legendary Los Angeles political consultant Joe Cerrell dies

Joe Cerrell wasn’t exactly a household name. But in political circles, everyone was familiar with the legendary consultant who knew or worked for everyone from John F. Kennedy and former Governor Edmund G. Pat Brown, to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. He died of complications related to pneumonia at the age of 75.

Report says LA County needs to give kids on probation more help

A report issued Thursday says Los Angeles County needs to offer much more help to kids who end up in juvenile hall and probation camps. The report arrives as L.A. County’s probation department is the target of federal scrutiny for the way it treats kids.

District Attorney Steve Cooley's finished with statewide politics, but may run for re-election

Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley spoke in public for the first time Wednesday after his narrow defeat to Kamala Harris in the state attorney general’s race.