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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 may spend $150 million on governor's race

Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman promised Tuesday she’d cut 40,000 state jobs if Californians elect her governor. Whitman made the statement as she formally announced she’s seeking the Republican nomination.

Former eBay CEO Whitman announces candidacy for governor today

Former eBay chief Meg Whitman formally announces her candidacy for governor today in Fullerton. She’ll launch a statewide radio ad campaign to promote her business experience, just in time for this weekend’s state Republican convention. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports that Whitman wants to lead a state party that, like the national party, is struggling with declining registration and competing philosophies.

LA city budget deal averts layoffs, furloughs - for now

The Los Angeles City Council and city labor unions have agreed on a budget plan that averts layoffs and furloughs - for now.

LA budget layoffs up for vote today

The Los Angeles City Council on Friday is expected to decide whether to go through with layoffs and mandatory unpaid furlough days to address a $400 million budget shortfall. Labor union leaders argue the city should enact an early retirement plan instead. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

LA Mayor Villaraigosa names new homeland security chief

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Thursday named a federal prosecutor as his deputy mayor for homeland security and public safety. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

LA City Council begins process of layoffs, furloughs

The Los Angeles City Council, facing a $400 million budget deficit, voted to begin the process of laying off up to a thousand city workers and instituting mandatory unpaid furloughs. Council leaders stressed it was only an “insurance policy” in case they were unable to reach an agreement on an early retirement plan for 2,400 workers. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

LA could cut 926 jobs in budget plan

Some 926 jobs could be cut and thousands of union employees could be required to take furloughs under a massive cost-cutting Los Angeles budget plan that the City Council agreed to unanimously this afternoon.

Proposed early retirement plan causes controversy in LA

The Los Angeles City Council met in an extraordinary seven hour closed-door session yesterday to address the city’s deepening financial crisis. City negotiators then met into the night with labor union leaders to discuss a controversial early retirement plan for 2,400 city workers. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has been following the story. Frank tells Steve Julian why this early retirement plan is so controversial.

City of LA broke

Los Angeles city employees could face more layoffs and furloughs. The city council takes up the matter today. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has been following the story. Frank talks to Steve Julian and explains why the city of L.A. is so broke.

LAPD credits DNA in arrest of man in 1975 rape, murder

Los Angeles police Monday said DNA evidence led to the arrest of a 50-year-old man for a more than three-decade old murder.

He Bailed Himself Out

Bail bondsman Carlos Zamora left the gang life long ago, but he still faces peril when he navigates the streets. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with him near the 77th Street Police Station about the challenges of living in South L.A.

Doctor remembers Metrolink crash

One year ago Saturday, a Metrolink commuter train crashed in Chatsworth in the northern San Fernando Valley. Investigators believe the train ran a red light and slammed head-on into a Union Pacific Freight train. The crash – the worst in Metrolink history – killed 25 people and injured dozens more. Shortly after the crash, KPCC’s Frank Stoltze spoke with the man who helped lead the effort to save lives that day.

Court says judge should have allowed Asperger's defense in eco-terrorism case

A federal court has ruled that a Caltech student should have been able to refer to his Asperger’s syrdrome as a defense in a high-profile arson case. The court overturned William Cottrell’s conviction in the torching of dozens of SUVs at car dealerships in the San Gabriel Valley six years ago. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says prosecutors at the time called the crime an act of eco-terrorism.

Police Commission in Reseda tonight to discuss new LAPD chief

The Los Angeles Police Commission continues its series of meetings Thursday to seek public comment on who should replace Bill Bratton as chief of the LAPD. Thursday's meeting is at the One Generation social services center in Reseda. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

LA gangster-turned-bail bondsman tells story

As Los Angeles searches for a new police chief, crime stands at historic lows in the city. But some neighborhoods remain dangerous places. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with one man near the 77th Street Police Station about the challenges of living in South L.A. Carlos Zamora left the gang life long ago, but he still faces peril when he navigates the streets.