Frank Stoltze

Correspondent

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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

New video raises questions about fatal Fontana police shooting

Fontana police say James Hall - who had schizophrenia and was legally blind - advanced on officers before they fired, but the video does not show him advancing.

Orange County DA clears CHP officers in fatal shooting

The CHP officers fatally shot Pedro Villanueva as he drove his truck towards them. The practice of shooting at moving cars has been banned by the LAPD and LA Sheriff's Department unless there is no other way to escape.

Sheriff launches first police drones in LA County

Across California, 30 police agencies use drones to gather intelligence on barricaded suspects and in search and rescue operations. Privacy concerns remain.

Plan for LAPD civilian discipline panels moves forward

The union that represents nearly 10,000 rank and file LAPD backs the proposal, which would create all-civilian panels to review police misconduct. Studies show civilians are more lenient with cops.

Brown's budget calls for build-up of rainy day fund

Gov. Jerry Brown prepares to announce his budget proposal Tuesday against a backdrop of lower state revenues and threats of federal funding cuts.

LA County to expand Sheriff's mental evaluation teams

The department has just 10 mental evaluation teams. Response times often top half an hour. Supervisors OK'ed a plan to expand the number to 23, and create a 24-hour triage desk.

Violent crime up for second straight year in Los Angeles

Up until 2014, crime in the city had been falling. But for the past two years, robberies, aggravated assaults and murders have been on the rise. Criminologists can't say for certain what's behind the increase, and they say crime overall remains at historic lows.

In reversal, Pasadena PD says it will release body cam video

Across California, police are grappling with the best way to handle millions of hours of video recorded by officers. The Pasadena PD decided to prohibit the release of footage to the public. Now it's changed its mind.

Sheriff's watchdog calls for review after fatal Christmas Eve shooting

Family members called 911 for help with a relative who was acting violently. Deputies later shot the man, who was holding sewing scissors. Civilian watchdogs want a review.

'Zero waste' after football games at the LA Coliseum

More than 90 percent of the trash generated during Rams and USC football games is recycled or composted, a goal set by the university, which took over management of the stadium in 2013.

Jury deadlocks on obstruction of justice case against former Sheriff Baca

Panel told lawyers they split 11-1 in favor of acquittal. Prosecutors must decide whether to retry Baca to attempt to prove a jail abuse cover-up went all the way to the top.

Baca Trial: Tale of tense showdown concludes prosecution's case

The prosecution made its case over four days. The defense expects to take just a day and half, unless Baca decides to take the witness stand.

Baca trial: Key FBI agent takes the stand

Former LA Sheriff Lee Baca is accused of blocking the FBI's investigation into brutality in the jails back in 2011. The prosecution is expected to rest Thursday.

Baca trial: Former deputy describes tense standoff over jail records

Much of the testimony has focused on the handling of an inmate who was working as an FBI informant. Baca is facing obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges.

Baca faces old employees in corruption trial

Baca, 74, faces three charges including obstruction of justice. On Friday, former sheriff's deputies took the stand, testifying against their former boss.