Frank Stoltze Correspondent

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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

Ezell Ford update: Commission meets Tuesday to review report

Unconfirmed reports surfaced Friday that two LAPD officers would be cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of an unarmed, mentally ill black man in South L.A.

Boxer wants to force police to report when they kill people

Many agencies refuse to report such information, leaving an incomplete picture of police killings around the country.

Riding with LAPD’s elite Metro Squad in South LA

The division is expanding in response to a spike in crime. In this unit, cops don't answer calls for help — they roll around looking for suspicious activity.

Prosecutors reject Venice High sexual assault case (updated)

LAPD investigators said they believed the assaults took place on and off campus, dating back to the end of 2013.

Study: California realignment had little effect on crime

The study by the Public Policy Institute of California looks at the effect of locking up criminals for shorter periods of time.

Crowdfunding site seeks profits financing police abuse suits

Amid a growing national debate about police misconduct, a Century City lawyer is looking for investors in police abuse lawsuits.

LAPD deploys foot patrol for ‘relationship policing’

Amid a roiling debate about policing in America, the LAPD makes a small return to the oldest form of policing: walking the beat.

Tanaka, Carey plead not guilty to obstruction of justice charges

Paul Tanaka, who once ran operations at the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, "perpetuated a gang-like mentality among some in rank and file," an FBI official said.

Homeless numbers jump in Venice, where ire rises over shooting

A biennial count report due out Monday is expected to show a rise in the homeless in Venice, where an unarmed homeless man was killed by police this week.

LAPD shooting: Anger boils over at Venice meeting

A standing-room-only crowd of Venice residents vented over the police shooting of Brandon Glenn, 29, an unarmed homeless African-American man.

LAPD chief 'concerned' about Venice officer-involved shooting

There were several officer-involved shootings in the L.A. area Tuesday, resulting in two suspect fatalities and one suspect being hospitalized in critical condition.

‘Rough rides’ in Baltimore are ‘screen tests’ in LA

A ride to the police station or jail can involve being thrown around in the back seat of a police car, according to some activists.

Family of Skid Row man fatally shot by LAPD files $20M legal claim

The fatal shooting of Charly Keunang, an unarmed black man, caught national attention amid an ongoing debate over police use of force.

Police Commission approves new LAPD body camera policy

Officers will be allowed to review video before providing an account of why they used force against someone. The video won't be public, according to Beck.

Obama: 'No excuse' for Baltimore violence

President calls deaths of several black men by police in Baltimore and other cities "a slow rolling crisis" that should prompt "soul searching" in America.