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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

Election 2014: Labor Super PAC raises $935K for Kuehl in race with Shriver

Labor unions are coming to the aid of Sheila Kuehl in the race for L.A. County Supervisor against the well-connected Bobby Shriver, who is supported by business groups and wealthy individuals.

LA County jails: Feds seek oversight to improve plight of mentally ill

Mentally ill jail inmates in Los Angeles face poor living conditions and inadequate health care, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

LA County supervisors: 6 key questions facing Kuehl, Shriver

Most voters ignore the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, even though it is the single most powerful group of elected officials in the region.

Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo shot and killed; wife held

Bell Gardens' mayor Daniel Crespo has been shot during a domestic dispute; police are holding his wife, Levette, who allegedly shot him several times.

Woman punched by CHP officer settles for $1.5 million

A woman struck by a California Highway Patrol officer in a videotaped incident will receive $1.5 million under a settlement, and the officer has agreed to resign.

Labor unions raise $362,000 for Kuehl through outside group

Independent expenditure committees could play an important role in the race between Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver, who are competing to replace Zev Yaroslavsky.

Paul Tanaka slowly returns to LA County sheriff’s race

Over the summer, Tanaka closed his campaign headquarters, held no events and posted nothing on social media. He faces an uphill battle against Jim McDonnell in the race for L.A. County sheriff.

At first debate, Kuehl, Shriver clash over resumes, transportation policy

It's expected to be a close race for a seat on the five-member Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. This was the first one-on-one debate since the primary.

5 things to watch for in the Kuehl-Shriver debate

Competition between the L.A. supervisorial candidates is expected to be close, with both vying to take the seat of the outgoing Zev Yaroslavsky.

Are LAPD contract talks deadlocked? Union declares impasse

The standoff is over more than pay, according to union leaders who've complained of bias in the disciplinary system - an accusation rejected by Chief Charlie Beck.

What $70M in cash looks like: Feds raid alleged drug cartel money launderers

Hundreds of federal and local law enforcement agents fanned out across downtown L.A. in the sweep targeting about 70 locations.

Garcetti throws support to McDonnell in LA sheriff’s race

The mayor officially endorsed McDonnell, citing his work at the LAPD. Meanwhile, opponent Paul Tanaka has barely campaigned - providing little chance for debate.

Election 2014: Public union backs Kuehl over Shriver for supervisor

As unions seek to build a labor-friendly majority on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, the race for Zev Yaroslavsky's vacated seat is expected to be a close one.

Former LA attorney accused in $47M visa scheme

The former attorney allegedly used the EB-5 visa program to lure wealthy South Korean and Chinese investors who wanted to obtain green cards.

LAPD inspector general struggles to find witnesses in Ezell Ford shooting

The shooting sparked protests outside LAPD headquarters by people who said it was another case of excessive use of force. But witnesses are scarce, says the inspector general.