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

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.

LA Sheriff Baca touts increase in deportations

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said Wednesday that his department’s played a major role in the increase in deportations of undocumented immigrants from the United States.

Whitman's former housekeeper says she's no pawn

The former housekeeper of Meg Whitman said Tuesday she is not a pawn of Jerry Brown’s campaign as Whitman has charged. Republican Whitman and Democrat Brown are locked in a tight race for governor.

Cooley, Harris clash in race for California attorney general

Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley and San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris faced off in their one and only scheduled debate in their contest for California attorney general. They offered starkly different views on a variety of issues.

Vote by mail starts for the November general election

County registrars have begun sending ballots to voters who want to vote by mail in November.

LA County Sheriff's deputy shoots at man who points finger at him

The Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review is investigating an incident where a Sheriff’s deputy shot at a man who was pointing a finger towards him.

Questions persist on whether Whitman knew about undocumented housekeeper

Questions persist about whether Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman knowingly hired an undocumented Mexican immigrant as her housekeeper. The attorney representing Whitman’s accuser produced paperwork she said proved the former eBay chief executive knew. Whitman denies it, and says the whole affair is a smear campaign orchestrated by her Democratic opponent Jerry Brown in a very tight race for governor.

Boxer, Fiorina provide sharp contrast in KPCC debate

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and her Republican challenger Carly Fiorina held their second - and probably final - debate Wednesday. Fiorina was in studio with KPCC’s Patt Morrison. Boxer debated from NPR’s studios in Washington, D.C.

Calif. Senate candidates Boxer, Fiorina debate at KPCC

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and her Republican challenger Carly Fiorina met in their second debate on Wednesday, Sept. 29 , 2010. KPCC hosted the debate at its studios in Pasadena, co-hosted by La Opinión.

Whitman, Brown clash in first governor's debate

The major-party candidates for governor - Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman - debated face-to-face for the first time Tuesday night. Whitman, the former head of eBay, said the state needs new leadership from outside government. Brown, who served as governor in the 1970s and '80s, said California needs just the opposite.

LA County receives $154M communications grant

Los Angeles County wants to build a state-of-the-art public safety communications system to link the region's many police, fire and other emergency agencies.

LA County supervisor promises release of employee salaries

Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky Monday pledged that the county will release the names and salaries of its highest paid employees.

Big week ahead in California politics

The week features three political debates. Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown face off for first time in their race for governor Tuesday night. Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and her Republican challenger Carly Fiorina debate Wednesday at KPCC.

Whitman opposes Proposition 23

After she refused for months to take a position on Proposition 23, Republican candidate for governor Meg Whitman yesterday announced that she opposes the ballot measure that would indefinitely delay California’s landmark global warming law.

LA judge postpones Bell officials' arraigment

A Los Angeles judge allowed three Bell city officials to post bail. But she delayed a decision on bail for five other officials – including the mayor and former city manager. All face corruption charges. Formal arraignment, meantime, was postponed until next month.