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

Whitman, Brown target Latino voters in gubernatorial race

Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown are trying to win over Latino voters in this year’s gubernatorial race. For months, Whitman’s targeted them with ads in two languages. Brown’s labor union allies recently launched an ad campaign called “Cambiando California” – Spanish for “Change California.” Whitman faces the tougher sell to a constituency that’s traditionally voted Democratic.

LAPD officer dies in Afghanistan

For the second time this year, a Los Angeles police officer has died in Afghanistan.

Director of LA County Child, Family Services responds to new child death numbers

Documents show that the number of deaths of children of the the care of Los Angeles County's Department of Children and Family Services is higher than previously thought, according to the Los Angeles Times. The largest change was a revision of this year's number from 6 to 21. Trish Ploehn, director of the L.A. County DCFS, appeared on KPCC's "Patt Morrison" to respond.

Villaraigosa proposes changes to police pensions

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today unveiled a pension reform proposal that requires newly hired police officers and firefighters to work more years before they qualify for enhanced retirement benefits.

Sarah Palin rallies for Republicans in Anaheim

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin urged Republican conservatives in California to go the polls during a rally Saturday in Anaheim.

Brown, Whitman spar over capital gains tax cut

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown Thursday warned that Republican Meg Whitman’s plan to eliminate capital gains taxes would require deep cuts in education.

Meg Whitman campaigns at Philippe's Restaurant

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman stopped by Philippe's Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday for what’s known in politics as some retail campaigning. It also provided a good photo opportunity of Whitman shaking hands with voters. Not all were enamored.

Whitman, Brown clash in feisty, freewheeling debate

Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown Tuesday night faced off in their final face-to-face confrontation before voters decide who should be the next governor November 2. The exchange highlighted their political differences, and provided a forum for more nasty jabs that have often dominated the campaign.

LA County extends program to screen inmates' immigration status

Over the objections of immigrant rights activists, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to extend a program where sheriff’s officials screen the immigration status of jail inmates.

Final Brown-Whitman debate takes place tonight

The final debate between the two major party candidates for governor is tonight. You can hear that debate this evening at 6:30 on 89.3 KPCC and at

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani visits Orange County

Big political names visit Orange County this week.

Whitman, Brown prep for final debate

California’s two major party candidates for governor face off in their third and final debate tomorrow night.

Whitman criticizes Brown over voicemail

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is criticizing a voicemail by her Democratic opponent Jerry Brown. In it, a Brown aide calls Whitman a 'whore' for allegedly promising to protect police pensions in exchange for a police union’s endorsement.

National Republicans spend more to oust Boxer

The national Republican Party is spending another $1 million in its campaign to oust U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and elect Carly Fiorina.

Fiorina says Boxer trading earmarks for campaign donations

Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina claims Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer is exchanging earmarks for campaign cash.