Frank Stoltze Correspondent
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
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.
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.
Police said the incident began with an unprovoked attack on officers. Family members of the man killed argue the shooting was unjustified.
Starting salaries for the affected LAPD officers will rise to about $57,000. The salary hike will settle a police union lawsuit.
The man fatally shot by police on Monday night was on foot, according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement. Police did not say if he was armed.
Former White House Counsel John Dean sifted through over 1,000 secretly taped conversations to answer the question: “What did the president know, and when did he know it?”
Beck has maintained subordinates handled the details of the deal, and that he did not influence their decision to obtain a horse from his daughter.
A memo, signed by Chief Beck, appears to contradict his contention that he had nothing to do with the purchase of his daughter's horse for the LAPD's mounted unit.
Tanaka tweeted he's "still in the race" just days after a KPCC report asked what had happened to his campaign. His fundraising efforts have also slowed.
The chief spoke to reporters a week before the Los Angeles Police Commission is expected to vote on whether to rehire him for another five years.
Chief Beck faces accusations that he improperly influenced a disciplinary matter involving a sergeant and his daughter, who is also a police officer at the LAPD.
Signs of a campaign by former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka are scarce. He faces Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell in the November runoff.
According to the US Attorney's Office, El Monte Flores is an older gang in the region, with an estimated 800 members and a history of targeting African Americans.
The suspect allegedly funneled weapons, including 12-gauge shotguns and .45-caliber pistols, to an associate for sale on the black market.
Hundreds of people lined up for blocks in the blazing heat for an opportunity to hear the president speak on Thursday at Los Angeles Trade Technical College.