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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

Victims testify in Grim Sleeper death penalty hearing

Many family members of Lonnie Franklin Jr.'s victims are asking for the death penalty for the convicted serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper."

Prosecutors say Grim Sleeper killed more women

Prosecutors arguing for the death penalty for Lonnie Franklin Jr. will introduce evidence this week that Franklin committed more murders than originally believed.

Franklin guilty of 'Grim Sleeper' serial murders

A Los Angeles jury has convicted Lonnie Franklin Jr., known as the "Grim Sleeper," in a string of gruesome killings of women in South Los Angeles.

Grim Sleeper: Closing arguments detail brutality of murders

Police allege Lonnie Franklin Jr. terrorized L.A. for decades, targeting mostly young black women. Prosecutors Tuesday described the murders in excruciating detail.

San Bernardino shooter's brother, 2 others arrested for fraud

A grand jury indictment alleges that all three defendants participated in a marriage fraud conspiracy for the benefit of the shooter's sister-in-law.

Skid Row overdoses raise concern over synthetic marijuana

At least 15 people ended up in the hospital this weekend from overdoses on Skid Row, raising fresh concerns about the relatively new drug called "spice."

Sheriff’s lawsuits cost LA County $61M

It's a hefty 50 percent hike from the year before, with big payouts for deputy-involved shootings, use of force, and wrongful termination.

Jury convicts Mexican Mafia boss from Orange County

A longtime member of the Mexican Mafia prison gang who exerted control over Latino street gangs in Orange County for three decades was convicted Wednesday of federal racketeering offenses.

Crime up in LA but chief says there's no one reason

Violent crime jumped 20 percent. Police blame a variety of factors, and say L.A. is still at near historic lows for crime.

LAPD chief: Decision to recommend charges against officer ‘obvious’

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has recommended criminal charges against Officer Clifford Proctor in the May fatal shooting of an unarmed homeless man in Venice.

LAPD chief recommends charges in fatal Venice police shooting

The May 2015 shooting involved 29-year-old Brendon Glenn. Glenn, a local homeless man, was black, as was the officer. The incident sparked a public outcry.

LA supervisors debate who should serve as sheriff watchdogs

At issue is whether former deputies should sit on the newly created Civilian Oversight Commission. Activists who called for oversight say no.

LA calls on relatives of unstable firearm owners to seek new restraining order

"I would much rather see members of families err on the side of seeking the order than second-guessing what they should have done in retrospect," L.A.'s city attorney said.

San Bernardino shooting: Authorities try to fill in shooters' missing 18 minutes

L.A. FBI official David Bowdich said investigators are specifically seeking information about an 18-minute gap between the deadly attack and the shootout in which both attackers were killed.

Crime jumps in LA, after years of decline

Its the second year murders are up, but one leading criminologist argues its too early for alarm. Property crimes also rose in 2015.