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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

Helicopters used to fight Santa Barbara's Jesusita Fire

Alex Cohen talks to KPCC reporter, Frank Stoltze as he joins us from a refilling station for helicopters on the western flank of the fire line of the Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara.

Couple ordered to evacuate due to Santa Barbara fire speak

Over 30,000 residents have been forced to evacuate the Jesusita Fire area in the county of Santa Barbara. KPCC reporter Frank Stoltze talks to a couple who was ordered to evacuate their home.

More evacuations ordered in Santa Barbara as fire spreads overnight

The fire in the Santa Barbara foothills has grown to 3,500 acres and 20,000 people have been ordered to evacuate. KPCC's Frank Stoltze is in Santa Barbara and spoke with one firefighter who helped to battle the fire overnight.

LA city attorney candidates sharpen attacks against each other

The race for Los Angeles city attorney is turning out to be one of the most negative political campaigns in recent memory. City Councilman Jack Weiss and criminal defense attorney Carmen Trutanich have launched blistering attacks on each other in what many expect to be a close vote. The election for the non-partisan but powerful post is less than two weeks away. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Oakridge residents get the green light to move back in

State health and safety inspectors on Monday said it's safe for residents of the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar to return home after a five-month wait. Last November, the Sayre fire swept through the park and burned almost 500 homes in one of the worst fires in Los Angeles city history. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Update on Oakridge Mobile Home Park after last year's wildfires

Alex Cohen talks to KPCC's Frank Stoltze as he revisits the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar affected by last year's wildfires.

LAPD arrest man believed to have committed dozens of murders, rapes

Los Angeles Police say they've arrested one of the most prolific serial killers in Southern California history. Police say DNA evidence led them to John Thomas Jr., the alleged Westside Rapist who terrorized neighborhoods from West L.A. to Claremont three decades ago - and maybe even well before that. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Pension board member resigns over alleged ethics violation

A member of the board that oversees pension funds for Los Angeles City employees has resigned after his involvement with a political fundraiser for city attorney candidate Jack Weiss. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Attorney General issues scathing report on Maywood police department

California Attorney General Jerry Brown on Tuesday said he'll ask a judge to give him oversight of the Maywood Police Department. He made the comment after he issued a report that said Maywood police are engaged in widespread abuse of the people they're sworn to protect. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Attorney general releases report showing gross misconduct by Maywood PD

State Attorney General Jerry Brown today said his office has uncovered gross misconduct by police officers in Maywood. Brown oversaw a 16-month investigation of the police force in Maywood, a small city southeast of downtown Los Angeles that employs about 40 officers. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Governor Schwarzenegger says California is monitoring swine flu

Governor Schwarzenegger said today that state health officials are closely monitoring the swine flu outbreak. Health officials say they’ve confirmed eight cases in California – and they’re investigating 12 other possible cases. Officials say the cases don’t appear to be directly connected to the outbreak in Mexico. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Governor says California is on top of swine flu outbreak

State health officials say they've confirmed 13 cases of swine flu in California. The cases include five in San Diego county, five in Imperial County, and three in Sacramento county. Governor Schwarzenegger spoke about the state's response to the outbreak yesterday. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Labor Secretary Solis holds veterans issues town hall meeting in downtown LA

During her visit to Southern California today, federal Labor Secretary Hilda Solis met with military veterans who come home from war and can't find a job. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports that several who spoke at the town hall-style meeting told heart-wrenching stories.

Council debates name of new police headquarters

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday took up the thorny issue of what to name the LAPD's new headquarters building. The $473 million edifice sits directly in front of City Hall and is set to open in July. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports that the naming issue focuses on one man.

City attorney candidates trade negative attacks at latest debate

The campaign for Los Angeles city attorney took another nasty turn last night during a debate at the Westside Jewish Community Center. City Councilman Jack Weiss and attorney Carmen Trutanich are engaging in increasingly negative attacks. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.