Frank Stoltze


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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

Mayor Villaraigosa to select LAPD chief Tuesday

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s expected to name a new police chief Tuesday. Bill Bratton’s last day on the job was Saturday.

Los Angeles reduces police services to help address budget crisis

The city of Los Angeles continues to grapple with plummeting tax revenues resulting from the recession. Friday, the City Council took a number of actions to help reduce a $400 million deficit, including reducing the number of overtime hours police officers can work.

Cooley declines to file charges against LAPD officers in MacArthur Park melee

Los Angeles County prosecutors Friday announced they will not file criminal charges against the officers who hit non-violent immigrant rights demonstrators in MacArthur Park two years ago.

LAPD Chief Bratton used 'force of personality' to lead

It’s the end of an era at the Los Angeles Police Department. One man dominated that era. Chief William Bratton transformed the department with his management skills and through force of personality.

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.