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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 jury convicts gang member in racist killing

A Los Angeles jury Thursday convicted a 22-year-old Latino gang member in the racially motivated killing of a black girl in 2006.

MacArthur Park sees another night of protests over LAPD shooting

At least 100 protesters angry over the police killing of a Guatemalan day laborer faced off with police Tuesday night. Officers fired tear gas to disperse crowds in front of the LAPD's Rampart Division headquarters just west of downtown.

Poizner belatedly backs Whitman

In a statement released by the Republican Party Monday, State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner endorsed fellow Republican Meg Whitman for governor.

LAPD sends more officers home as it copes with overtime cutbacks

The LAPD’s sending a growing numbers of officers home as it continues to contend with cutbacks in overtime hours.

Police release new details on mummified infants found in MacArthur Park

Los Angeles police Thursday said they’re learning more about two mummified infants discovered in a trunk in a MacArthur Park basement last month. Police believe the remains are from the 1930s.

Ex-SEIU union boss sentenced to prison for fraud

A federal judge Thursday sentenced the former head of one of L.A.’s most powerful labor unions to prison for fraud.

Senate candidates Boxer, Fiorina exchange jabs, debate jobs and the environment

Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and her Republican challenger Carly Fiorina traded jabs and offered differing views on how to create jobs during their one and only scheduled debate Wednesday night. Polls show the two locked in a tight race.

Jerry Brown announces Nuestra Familia prison gang bust

California state attorney general and Democratic candidate for governor Jerry Brown Tuesday touted what he called a “major takedown” of key members of the Nuestra Familia prison gang.

Senate candidates Boxer, Fiorina debate tonight

Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and her Republican challenger Carly Fiorina face off in their first debate Wednesday.

LA city attorney prosecutes building owner for supergraphics

The city of Los Angeles Friday arrested another building owner for erecting a giant super-graphic billboard.

Ninth Circuit Appeals Court rules on GPS monitoring case

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has let stand a ruling that allows federal agents to attach GPS monitoring devices under cars in private driveways – without obtaining search warrants. The issue arose in the case of a drug dealer the FBI was watching.

Mexicana Airlines halts flights to LA, other destinations

Mexicana Airlines Friday announced that it’s stopping all flights — starting at midnight — as it seeks to restructure costs. The airline is Mexico’s largest, with hundreds of flights to and from Southern California each month.

New poll shows Meg Whitman leads Jerry Brown in governor's race

A new poll indicates that, for the first time, Meg Whitman leads Jerry Brown in the governor’s race.

Poll suggests Whitman leading Brown for first time in governors race

The Rasmussen poll indicates that 48 percent of likely voters support Meg Whitman, the Republican, and 40 percent back Jerry Brown, the state’s Democratic attorney general.

Los Angeles mayor hails labor contract, says other unions must follow

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday said the city’s Engineers and Architects Association (EAA) should be an example to other unions that they must pay more for their healthcare.