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

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.

LAPD releases photos of possible 'Grim Sleeper' victims, asking public for help

Los Angeles Police Thursday released more than 180 photos of mostly African American women who may have been victims of the “Grim Sleeper” serial murderer.

[UPDATED] LA City Council fails to override mayor's veto of DWP measure

The Los Angeles City Council stalled on Wednesday in its effort to wrest more control over the Department of Water and Power from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. It decided against overriding the mayor’s veto of a measure that would have given the council the authority to fire DWP general managers.

Officials release comprehensive Southern California earthquake plan

State and federal emergency management officials yesterday signed off on a new earthquake response plan for Southern California.

Long Beach police chief admits officers never identified themselves to man they shot

Long Beach’s police chief has admitted that his officers never identified themselves before they shot and killed a man Sunday. The victim was sitting on a friend’s front porch.

LA City Council to vote this week on overriding mayoral veto

The Los Angeles City Council this week will decide whether to override Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s veto of a measure that would reduce his control of the Department of Water and Power.

America's Most Wanted segment key to solving Ronni Chasen murder

Beverly Hills police say they had few leads before the TV show ran a segment just days after the killing of the Hollywood publicist.

Police say parolee probably killed Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen

The case attracted worldwide attention and murder theories that included that someone had hired a professional to kill the high-powered Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen. Police say in the end, Chasen was murdered by a desperate convicted felon during a botched robbery. The man - Harold Martin Smith - committed suicide last week.

Racially biased policing remains focus at LAPD

Allegations of racially-biased policing remain a major focus of reform at the Los Angeles Police Department. A report by the department’s inspector general says, while the department’s made progress, it still has work to do.