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 city leaders divided over how to address widening budget deficit

The Los Angeles City Council has scheduled what’s expected to be a heated debate Wednesday over the city’s deteriorating finances.

Garamendi once had his own close call with violence

In the wake of the assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, California Congressman John Garamendi is recalled his own brush with violence.

Brown's budget further frays social safety net

Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget cuts $12.5 billion in spending. Under the plan, California’s social safety net takes a big hit. People who provide those services, and people who use them, are worried.

LA budget committee takes up dire money picture

The Los Angeles City Council’s Budget Committee today takes up how to address the city’s worsening financial outlook. The idea of privatizing the city’s parking garages tops the agenda.

Police chief says crime this year hinges on LAPD hiring

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck Thursday warned that crime will go up if the City Council refuses to continue hiring officers who'll replace the ones that retire.

Jockeying begins in Los Angeles District Attorney's race

Assistant District Attorney Jacquelyn Lacey announced Wednesday that she's formed an exploratory committee to run for District Attorney in the 2012 election.

Well-known civil rights lawyer disbarred for tax evasion

The California State Bar has stripped Los Angeles-based civil rights lawyer Stephen Yagman of his law license. Yagman sued local and federal law enforcement agencies countless times, before his conviction on tax evasion charges three years ago.

Kamala Harris brings different tone as California attorney general

Kamala Harris took the oath of office as California’s first female and first minority attorney general Monday. Many Democratic Party leaders regard her as a rising star who could someday run for governor - or even for higher office. She's also someone who brings a different sensibility to the state's top law enforcement job.

How to get rid of your Christmas tree? Recycle it

If you have a Christmas tree that’s losing its leaves, it’s time to let it go before it becomes dangerous.

The best personal earthquake preparedness plan is simply to be prepared

The Southern California Catastrophic Earthquake Plan sounds a familiar warning to people in the region, as KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports in this installment of his series of reports on the plan.

Jerry Brown: Now and Then

Next week, nearly three decades after he left it, former California governor Jerry Brown – who’s also a former Secretary of State, former Oakland mayor and former state Attorney General - returns to the governor’s office. He first served from 1975 to 1983. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze takes a look back at Brown’s first stint as the state’s chief executive.

LA fire chief says city swamped with calls

Los Angeles city fire officials say calls for help are pouring as the storm continues.

LA County Sheriff Lee Baca sworn for 4th term

Governor-elect Jerry Brown administered the oath of office to Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. Baca’s entering his fourth term as sheriff.

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.