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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

Garcetti throws support to McDonnell in LA sheriff’s race

The mayor officially endorsed McDonnell, citing his work at the LAPD. Meanwhile, opponent Paul Tanaka has barely campaigned - providing little chance for debate.

Election 2014: Public union backs Kuehl over Shriver for supervisor

As unions seek to build a labor-friendly majority on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, the race for Zev Yaroslavsky's vacated seat is expected to be a close one.

Former LA attorney accused in $47M visa scheme

The former attorney allegedly used the EB-5 visa program to lure wealthy South Korean and Chinese investors who wanted to obtain green cards.

LAPD inspector general struggles to find witnesses in Ezell Ford shooting

The shooting sparked protests outside LAPD headquarters by people who said it was another case of excessive use of force. But witnesses are scarce, says the inspector general.

LA Muslim group seeks to identify troubled youth, avert terrorism

The Safe Spaces Initiative would create intervention programs within mosques nationwide to thwart violent extremism. LA's counterterrorism chief welcomes the plan.

Ezell Ford: LAPD releases names of officers involved in shooting

Civil rights activists criticized the department's decision to withhold the names of the officers for two weeks. Police say they were guarding against retaliation.

Beverly Hills police defend arrest of black film producer

In a widely shared Facebook post, Charles Belk said he was going to put money in a parking meter when police arrested him for a bank robbery he didn't commit.

CHP officer in videotaped beating could face criminal charges

The case, which has attracted national attention, sparked angry outrage from civil rights activists who called it a clear case of excessive use of force.

Angry residents confront LAPD chief over Ezell Ford shooting

A community meeting draws residents and activists who say the police killing of Ezell Ford is another example of excessive use of force against African Americans.

LAPD chief blames budget for broken station security cameras

Police Chief Charlie Beck did not offer a cost estimate for the fixes. But one commissioner said the problems go beyond money, like missing footage of incidents.

110 Freeway closure: Lanes reopened after chase that left officer wounded, suspect dead

Lanes on the northbound 110 Freeway were open again after an officer-involved shooting that left one officer wounded and a suspect dead.

Update: LAPD places 'security hold' on Ezell Ford autopsy

The hold keeps autopsy details secret, while investigators interview potential witnesses to the fatal LAPD shooting. Ezell Ford was killed by officers last week.

Protesters rally in front of downtown LAPD headquarters

Several hundred protesters gathered in downtown L.A. Sunday to vent their concerns over the death of an unarmed black man in South Los Angeles who was shot and killed by police.

Ezell Ford: Anger, sadness over South LA fatal police shooting

Some South LA residents disbelieve the police version of events in the killing of Ezell Ford, but they have exercised restraint in their protests against the LAPD.

LAPD says man grabbed for officer’s gun in fatal shooting

Police said the incident began with an unprovoked attack on officers. Family members of the man killed argue the shooting was unjustified.