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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

LAPD says man grabbed for officer’s gun in fatal shooting

Police said the incident began with an unprovoked attack on officers. Family members of the man killed argue the shooting was unjustified.

City Council approves salary increase for 1,000 LAPD officers

Starting salaries for the affected LAPD officers will rise to about $57,000. The salary hike will settle a police union lawsuit.

Man fatally shot by LAPD during stop in South LA

The man fatally shot by police on Monday night was on foot, according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement. Police did not say if he was armed.

John Dean on the rise and fall of Richard Nixon

Former White House Counsel John Dean sifted through over 1,000 secretly taped conversations to answer the question: “What did the president know, and when did he know it?”

LAPD Chief Beck admits he signed off on daughter's horse deal

Beck has maintained subordinates handled the details of the deal, and that he did not influence their decision to obtain a horse from his daughter.

Did Beck sign off on purchase of daughter’s horse for LAPD?

A memo, signed by Chief Beck, appears to contradict his contention that he had nothing to do with the purchase of his daughter's horse for the LAPD's mounted unit.

LA Sheriff race: Candidate Tanaka surfaces on Twitter

Tanaka tweeted he's "still in the race" just days after a KPCC report asked what had happened to his campaign. His fundraising efforts have also slowed.

LAPD Chief Beck defends daughter, strongly denies favoritism

The chief spoke to reporters a week before the Los Angeles Police Commission is expected to vote on whether to rehire him for another five years.

Garcetti praises Beck amid new criticism of LAPD chief

Chief Beck faces accusations that he improperly influenced a disciplinary matter involving a sergeant and his daughter, who is also a police officer at the LAPD.

What happened to LA Sheriff candidate Paul Tanaka?

Signs of a campaign by former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka are scarce. He faces Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell in the November runoff.

Feds stage massive raid on El Monte Flores gang

According to the US Attorney's Office, El Monte Flores is an older gang in the region, with an estimated 800 members and a history of targeting African Americans.

UPS driver arrested on federal gun trafficking charges

The suspect allegedly funneled weapons, including 12-gauge shotguns and .45-caliber pistols, to an associate for sale on the black market.

Obama criticizes US companies for lack of 'economic patriotism'

Hundreds of people lined up for blocks in the blazing heat for an opportunity to hear the president speak on Thursday at Los Angeles Trade Technical College.

Long Beach police call attack on Muslim woman a hate crime

Long beach police say they are looking for a suspect who cursed at a Muslim woman and tore off her hijab during daylight hours in a parking lot.

Why Obama picked Trade Tech for LA speech (and how to avoid the traffic)

Trade Tech is in the heart of urban Los Angeles, a campus serving large numbers of low income, minority and immigrant students.