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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

Republican V.P. nominee Sarah Palin draws more than ten thousand to Carson rally

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin drew more than ten-thousand people to a rally at Home Depot Centers tennis stadium in Carson on Saturday. The Alaska governor threw barbs at Democrat Barack Obama, as she declared the gloves were off in the presidential campaign. KPCC's Frank Stoltze prepared this montage of voices from the event.

UCLA business profs sound off on bailout plan

The country's financial crisis is the talk of university economics departments and business schools across Southern California. UCLA hastily arranged a panel of experts this week to talk about it. Hundreds of students packed an auditorium. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says the panelists, by and large, opposed the 700 billion federal bailout plan.

L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa unveils housing plan

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has introduced what he called a major new commitment to build affordable housing in the city. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports that it's a five-year, $5 billion plan to build or preserve 20,000 apartments and homes working families can afford.

Political experts debate 'Bradley Effect'

Pollsters and political scientists debate it. Politicians and their consultants worry about it or count on it. It's called the Bradley Effect and it happens when African American political candidates get fewer votes than they expected because voters lied to pollsters about their willingness to support a black candidate. Some think it'll come into play in November, when Barack Obama faces John McCain. KPCC's Frank Stoltze tells the story of how the Bradley Effect got its name here in California.

GOP Convention Reenergizes California Republicans

California Republicans say they are reenergized now that their party's convention in St. Paul, Minnesota is over. Arizona Senator John McCain accepted the Republican presidential nomination in a speech on Thursday night. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has been covering the convention. He talked with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about the reaction to McCain's speech.

GOP Convention Reenergizes California Republicans

California Republicans say they are reenergized now that their party's convention in St. Paul, Minnesota is over. Arizona Senator John McCain accepted the Republican presidential nomination in a speech on Thursday night. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has been covering the convention. He talked with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about the reaction to McCain's speech

Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Sarah Palin Fires Up Delegates with Speech

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin won wide praise from California Republicans following her speech last night to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. Some Golden State delegates also expressed relief that the party's little known vice presidential nominee made no great gaffes. KPCC's Frank Stoltze in St. Paul and talked about the speech with Morning Edition host Steve Julian

Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin to Take Stage at Republican Convention

Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin will speak at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. California delegates to the convention say they're anxiously awaiting Palin's speech. It's her first major address since John McCain announced her as his running mate just five days ago. KPCC's Frank Stoltze is covering the convention and talked with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about Palin's upcoming speech. Frank also talked about the reaction to the speeches from President Bush and Senator Joe Lieberman.

Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin to Take Stage at Republican Convention

Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin will speak at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. California delegates to the convention say they're anxiously awaiting Palin's speech. It's her first major address since John McCain announced her as his running mate just five days ago. KPCC's Frank Stoltze is covering the convention and talked with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about Palin's upcoming speech. Frank also talked about the reaction to the speeches from President Bush and Senator Joe Lieberman

President Bush to Address Republican Convention

Republicans meeting at their national convention in St. Paul, Minn. hope to get back on track today. The party scratched last night's proceedings and has held off attacking Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama because of Hurricane Gustav. KPCC's Frank Stoltze told Morning Edition host Steve Julian Republicans are resuming a normal schedule today.

Hurricane Gustav Forces GOP to Cancel Much of First Day Convention Schedule

The Republican National Convention gets under way today in St. Paul, Minnesota. Party leaders dramatically scaled back the schedule because of Hurricane Gustav. KPCC's Frank Stoltze is in St. Paul and talked with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about what the Republicans will be doing today.

President Bush to Address Republican Convention

Republicans meeting at their national convention in St. Paul, Minn. hope to get back on track today. The party scratched last night's proceedings and has held off attacking Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama because of Hurricane Gustav. KPCC's Frank Stoltze told Morning Edition host Steve Julian Republicans are resuming a normal schedule today.

California Republicans Get Ready for National Convention

California Republicans head to St. Paul, Minnesota this weekend for their national convention. Some feel the excitement of first-time delegates; others harbor deep questions about the future of their party. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Haefele on Delgadillo Probe

Reports of a federal investigation of L.A.'s City Attorney have caught the attention of commentator Marc Haefele. He talked with KPCC's Frank Stoltze.

Feds Arrest More Than 50 Men in Internet Child Porn Crackdown

Federal authorities yesterday said they arrested more than 50 Southern California men for sharing child pornography over the Internet. The arrests resulted from an eight-month investigation that targeted people who use anonymous peer-to-peer networks to swap illegal images of children. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has more.