Frank Stoltze Correspondent
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 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.
Local and federal officials today announced indictments against two-dozen leaders and members of the notorious MS 13 street gang. One of the men in custody headed up a non-profit group that was supposed to fight gangs.
After months of suggesting he might run for governor, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Monday announced he will not. Villaraigosa said he has unfinished work in L.A. – a city he described “in crisis.” KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
Saying he has work to do in Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Monday bowed out of next year’s race for governor. He did so during an appearance on CNN, as KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
The Los Angeles City Council today voted to close a loophole that allowed the number of medical marijuana stores in the city to grow to nearly 600.
The Los Angeles City Council Friday closed a loophole that allowed an explosion in the number of pot stores. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
Los Angeles County Thursday launched an emergency automated 911 alert call system. The system automatically connects to each of the county’s 7 million landlines, and can be expanded to include cell phones. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
An appeals court has upheld a controversial Los Angeles city policy that prohibits police from stopping people solely based on their suspected immigration status. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
Former Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges he hired someone to threaten a newspaper reporter. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
A federal judge in Los Angeles Monday said he’s reluctant to relax federal oversight of the LAPD. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.
A federal judge today expressed skepticism about relaxing oversight of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton says he’s working with the Lakers to make sure Wednesday’s celebration of their NBA championship goes smoothly. The Lakers plan a parade, and possibly a rally, at the Coliseum.
The city of Los Angeles asks a judge Monday to end federal monitoring of the LAPD. The city argues that the department’s reformed its ways following a series of scandals and high profile beatings, and no longer needs the federal government looking over its shoulder. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
A federal judge Thursday sentenced a Morro Bay man to a year in prison for operating a medical marijuana store. Its the first to come up since the Obama Administration indicated it would end federal raids on marijuana dispensaries. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports on the story of Charles Lynch.
Los Angeles city workers Tuesday protested planned furloughs to address the city’s budget gap. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.