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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

A look at LAPD Chief William Bratton's legacy

Bill Bratton ends his high-profile and sometimes controversial run as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department Saturday. Bratton transformed the long-troubled department and presided over a dramatic drop in crime.

Bratton and the LAPD: A look back

On Saturday, Bill Bratton ends his high-profile and sometimes controversial run as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has the first of three stories that examine Bratton’s imprint on the LAPD.

Mayor Villaraigosa begins interviewing LAPD chief candidates today: says it's his most important appointment

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa begins interviews with three finalists to succeed Police Chief Bill Bratton Wednesday. All are longtime LAPD insiders.

Beck, Moore, and McDonnell are finalists for LAPD chief

Veteran LAPD officers Charlie Beck, Michel Moore, and Jim McDonnell were named this evening as finalists to replace outgoing Chief William Bratton.

Top 3 Bratton replacement finalists to be announced

The L.A.police commission today is expected to release its top three finalists to replace Bill Bratton at the helm of the police department. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze talks to Steve Julian about what happens next after the announcement.

LAPD headquarters opens: Bratton calls it most expensive in the nation

The Los Angeles Police Department formally opened its new headquarters Saturday.

Governor Schwarzenegger signs new ammunition law

Governor Schwarzenegger Thursday signed into law new restrictions on ammunition sales.

New LA DWP chief says rate increases 'harsh truth' for cleaner energy

The newly appointed interim manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on Wednesday promised to cut costs at the agency before raising rates for electricity and water - but he said rate increases are coming.

LAPD police furloughs avoided in tentative contract deal

The city of Los Angeles and the union that represents LAPD cops have reached a tentative contract, after months of sometimes tense talks.

Governor signs bill designating 'Harvey Milk' day

After he refused to support similar legislation last year, Governor Schwarzenegger signed a bill Monday that designates May 22nd each year as a state day of recognition for slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk.

LAPD Chief Bratton delivers emotional speech to new officers: 'I envy you'

Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton Friday delivered an emotional speech at graduation ceremonies for the department's newest class of officers. Bratton leaves the LAPD at the end of the month.

LAPD promotes new terrorism watchdog program

Amid increasing concerns about home-grown terrorism, the Los Angeles Police Department has launched a new watchdog campaign. It encourages people to report suspicious activity that may be related to terrorism to the LAPD Web site or a new telephone hotline.

LA County DA pledges to prosecute medical marijuana distributors

Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley apparently had tough words for medical marijuana dispensaries at a conference of narcotics officers in Montebello today. The Los Angeles Times quotes the DA as saying all of the county's hundreds of dispensaries are illegal, and that he intends to prosecute their operators. Later in the day, the D.A. sent out a toned down news release.

LAPD Chief William Bratton blasts LA's political culture

A few weeks before he leaves his job, Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton has called the civilian panel that oversees the department “unnecessary.” Bratton ends his seven years as chief at the end of the month. Wednesday, he talked about his time as LAPD chief at an event sponsored by Los Angeles Magazine. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze was there.

Survey looks at Internet use by Latina registered voters

A group that advocates on behalf of Latinas in California Wednesday released a survey of the state’s Latina registered voters.