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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

Doctor remembers Metrolink crash

One year ago Saturday, a Metrolink commuter train crashed in Chatsworth in the northern San Fernando Valley. Investigators believe the train ran a red light and slammed head-on into a Union Pacific Freight train. The crash – the worst in Metrolink history – killed 25 people and injured dozens more. Shortly after the crash, KPCC’s Frank Stoltze spoke with the man who helped lead the effort to save lives that day.

Court says judge should have allowed Asperger's defense in eco-terrorism case

A federal court has ruled that a Caltech student should have been able to refer to his Asperger’s syrdrome as a defense in a high-profile arson case. The court overturned William Cottrell’s conviction in the torching of dozens of SUVs at car dealerships in the San Gabriel Valley six years ago. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says prosecutors at the time called the crime an act of eco-terrorism.

Police Commission in Reseda tonight to discuss new LAPD chief

The Los Angeles Police Commission continues its series of meetings Thursday to seek public comment on who should replace Bill Bratton as chief of the LAPD. Thursday's meeting is at the One Generation social services center in Reseda. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

LA gangster-turned-bail bondsman tells story

As Los Angeles searches for a new police chief, crime stands at historic lows in the city. But some neighborhoods remain dangerous places. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with one man near the 77th Street Police Station about the challenges of living in South L.A. Carlos Zamora left the gang life long ago, but he still faces peril when he navigates the streets.

New gang czar: history key to improving black-brown relations

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Tuesday named a new director of youth development and gang reduction. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

LA mayor names new gang czar

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Tuesday named Guillermo Cespedes as his new director of youth development and gang reduction.

'Clone' Chief Bratton, say some LA residents

South L.A. residents Thursday night debated LAPD Chief Bill Bratton's tunure, and whether the next chief should share his qualities. Bratton has announced his resignation, and the L.A. Police Commission is holding a series of meetings seeking the public's input on who should replace him. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports on last night’s meeting in the Crenshaw District.

Mexican drug cartel has extensive network in Southern California

State Attorney General Jerry Brown Thursday announced the arrest of six men associated with the Mexico-based Sinaloa drug cartel. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports the busts happened in Southern California.

LA Police Commission seeks input on new chief

The Los Angeles Police Commission Wednesday convenes the first of a series of public meetings on who should succeed Bill Bratton as chief of police. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

US Forest Service fire behavior specialist says fire is a natural process

It’s easy to regard the Station Fire as a disaster, considering that two firefighters have died and dozens of homes have burned.

The work goes on after two LA County firefighters die on duty

Firefighters had to put emotion aside and concentrate on the job at hand the day after two of their colleagues died in a rollover accident. Cal Fire Captain Craig Waag spoke about that with KPCC's Frank Stoltze.

Wild animals flee the Station Fire area

The Station Fire continues to grow out of control in the Angeles National Forest. Thousands of residents have been ordered to evacuate. KPCC's Steve Julian talks to Frank Stoltze from one of the evacuation areas. He says the local wildlife there has also fled for protection.

Residents in La Crescenta describe the Station Fire

KPCC's Steve Julian talks to Frank Stoltze from one of the evacuated areas near the Station Fire. A resident there describes the fire.

Residents near the Station Fire defend their homes

The Station Fire continues to grow. KPCC's Steve Julian talks to Frank Stoltze as he joins us live from La Crescenta. Frank talks to a resident who hosed his home in efforts to save it, before being evacuated.

Residents from La Crescenta ordered to evacuate

Flames continue to threaten thousands of homes in the area where the Station Fire continues to blaze. KPCC's Steve Julian talks to Frank Stoltze as he joins us live with a La Crescenta resident who's been ordered to evacuate.