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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 mayor names new economic czar

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Monday appointed the prominent global financial advisor Austin Beutner as his deputy mayor for economic development. He made the announcement amid criticism of his efforts to create and retain jobs in the city.

Schwarzenegger's last budget: more pain

Arnold Schwarzenegger today unveiled his last state budget proposal as Governor of California. Like six of his previous seven spending plan, this one relies heavily on cuts to close the deficit — and Democrats don't like it. KPCC’s Julie Small and Frank Stoltze covered the busy budget day in Sacramento.

LA murder rate hits 40-year low

The crime rate continues to fall across the nation and throughout much of Southern California. In Los Angeles, the homicide rate is at a 40-year low. Last year, 314 people were murdered, down 18 percent from the year before. In 1992, at the peak of violence in the city, nearly 1,200 people were murdered.

Former Riverside Catholic priest pleads guilty to drug possession

A former Catholic bishop in Riverside pleaded guilty Monday to possessing illegal drugs for sale.

Experts dispute claim LA gangs cooperate against police

Some gang experts dispute claims that Southern California street gangs are cooperating with each other more now than before.

Schwarzenegger reportedly will extend furloughs

State workers throughout California are bracing for extended furloughs next year.

Villaraigosa: Cities with green initiatives should pressure national governments

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Tuesday described his trip to Copenhagen for the United Nations climate change conference as a productive one.

$10 million bail set for LAPD cop accused of murder

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Friday set bail at $10 million for an LAPD detective accused of murdering her ex-boyfriend's wife more than 23 years ago.

LA to open academy for ex-gang members turned peacemakers

Los Angeles is set to open the first training academy in the nation for ex-gang members turned intervention workers.

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.