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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 Deputy Mayor Eileen Decker named US Attorney

Eileen Decker will lead one of the largest U.S. Attorneys offices in the country. She will become one of the nation's top federal prosecutors.

Parents get $800K after county workers remove their children

Amid increased scrutiny of how L.A. County handles child abuse cases, the Board of Supervisors agrees to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by two parents.

Ezell Ford case: LAPD officer had history in neighborhood

LAPD Officer Sharlton Wampler has patrolled the neighborhoods of South LA since at least 2008. He and another officer fatally shot the unarmed Ezell Ford in August.

What happens to those named in LAPD 'suspicious activity reports'?

The LAPD's SAR program is a national model for reporting suspicious activity related to terrorism. But critics say it sweeps up innocent people.

LAPD had 35 suspected ‘suicide by cop’ incidents in 30 months

The LAPD Inspector General reviewed a series of shootings over a 30 month period and identified common characteristics in apparent suicide-by-cop cases.

Mayor: Increasing LAFD diversity won’t threaten service

A study commissioned by the mayor is critical of the Los Angeles Fire Department's recruiting process. The agency is half white and nearly entirely male.

How to improve police relations: Eat a donut with a cop

A panel of law enforcement leaders and activists produces tension, but also some ideas on how to solve strained relations between police and some minority communities.

5 views of LAPD community policing strategies

Five people directly involved with community policing in Los Angeles offer their views on how far the LAPD has come. Despite improved relations, deadly encounters with unarmed civilians continue.

LA sheriff: Decline of gangs helped push crime down in 2014

The drop in crime in areas patrolled by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department stands in contrast to an increase in the LAPD's crime rate.

Democrats circle to replace US Senator Boxer

Nobody immediately announced their candidacy, but political observers say the competition may be intense to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Ezell Ford shooting: LAPD inspector general frustrated by lack of witnesses

An attorney for the Ezell Ford family says witnesses dispute the LAPD's account of the fatal shooting of Ford. But none will speak - even to the inspector general.

Ezell Ford: 3 disputed facts in police shooting

LAPD officials are frustrated that no witnesses to the shooting will cooperate with them. The Ford family's attorney says the witnesses don't trust the LAPD.

Ezell Ford: Autopsy shows shot in back at close range

After months of delays, the coroner on Monday released the autopsy report on Ezell Ford, 25. The Ford family was "outraged" by the coroner's report, and small protests were held outside LAPD headquarters and near the shooting site.

Woman in stable condition after 2nd LAPD Hollywood shooting

Earlier this month, police shot and killed a man in the same block of Hollywood, near the popular Hollywood and Highland shopping mall.

Governor announces 105 Christmas Eve criminal pardons

Many of the crimes were minor drug offenses, including simple possession or cultivating marijuana - crime that would not be prosecuted today.