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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

Police say stay away from Jackson memorial

Los Angeles Police are urging people to stay away from Staples Center Tuesday. That’s where the memorial for Michael Jackson starts at 10 o’clock. Police worry that as many as a quarter million people could show up – even though officers have barricaded streets for blocks around the center. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

Police warn spectators to stay away from Staples Center

Los Angeles police are discouraging people without tickets from showing up at the Michael Jackson memorial at Staples Center tomorrow.

Jackson fans get tickets for memorial

Michael Jackson fans from around the world are pouring into Los Angeles for tomorrow’s memorial service for the pop star at Staples Center. 8,750 people won free tickets in an online drawing. 20-year-old Sean Knight of San Diego was one of them. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze caught up with Knight at Dodger Stadium as he picked up the wristband that will admit him to the ceremony.

Mayor promises to focus on job creation in second term

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was sworn in for a second, four-year term Wednesday KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

New LA City Controller promises audit of city finances

Wendy Greuel took the oath of office as Los Angeles city controller today. In a speech outside City Hall, the former councilwoman promised to bring transparency to the city’s finances.

Carmen Trutanich sworn in as new LA city attorney

San Pedro criminal defense attorney Carmen Trutanich was sworn in as Los Angeles city attorney today. Trutanich, who’s also a former gang prosecutor, promised to bring independence and integrity to the office during a speech on the south lawn of City Hall.

LA mayor sworn in for second term

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa began his second four-year term today. The mayor addressed hundreds of people during swearing-in ceremonies on the south lawn of City Hall.

Villaraigosa sworn in for second term

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is sworn in today for a second four-year term. Steve Julian talks with KPCC's L.A. political reporter Frank Stoltze to discuss the biggest issues the mayor faces.

Prominent anti-gang activist Alex Sanchez denied bail

A federal judge denied bail Tuesday to a prominent Los Angeles anti-gang activist. Prosecutors allege that Alex Sanchez led a double life as a leader in the Mara Salvatrucha gang. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Some LA parks kept open until midght as part of Summer Night Lights

For a second summer, the city of Los Angeles will keep some of its parks and recreation centers open until midnight. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports that the “Summer Night Lights” program puts young people to work helping their peers stay out of trouble.

Summer gang reduction program hires at-risk kids

To help keep kids out of trouble this summer, the city of Los Angeles will keep some of its parks and recreation centers open until midnight. The city’s hired 160 young people to help run the program.

Michael Jackson fan remembers 'cool'

Hundreds of Michael Jackson fans gathered outside UCLA Medical Center Thursday to pay tribute to the pop icon.

Michael Jackson fans remember pop icon

Southern California fans of Michael Jackson gathered Thursday outside UCLA Medical Center – the hospital where the pop star died. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze spoke to some of them as they mourned, and celebrated, the life of Michael Jackson.

San Fernando Valley Orange Line extension breaks ground

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Wednesday broke ground on a four-mile extension of the Orange Line in the western San Fernando Valley. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

Prominent gang worker indicted

A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday says a well-known gang intervention worker in Los Angeles is a leader in the Mara Salvatruch gang that operates west of downtown. Federal prosecutors accuse 37-year-old Alex Sanchez of conspiring to kill a rival, even as he served as executive director of a non-profit. Sanchez is one of 24 people named in the indictment, which says gang members planned to kill an LAPD detective that was giving them trouble. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.