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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

LAPD chief 'concerned' about Venice officer-involved shooting

There were several officer-involved shootings in the L.A. area Tuesday, resulting in two suspect fatalities and one suspect being hospitalized in critical condition.

‘Rough rides’ in Baltimore are ‘screen tests’ in LA

A ride to the police station or jail can involve being thrown around in the back seat of a police car, according to some activists.

Family of Skid Row man fatally shot by LAPD files $20M legal claim

The fatal shooting of Charly Keunang, an unarmed black man, caught national attention amid an ongoing debate over police use of force.

Police Commission approves new LAPD body camera policy

Officers will be allowed to review video before providing an account of why they used force against someone. The video won't be public, according to Beck.

Obama: 'No excuse' for Baltimore violence

President calls deaths of several black men by police in Baltimore and other cities "a slow rolling crisis" that should prompt "soul searching" in America.

LAPD chief: Cops should view body cam video after shooting

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck would allow officers to review video before being interviewed by investigators after a shooting. The policy is silent on when the public should see video.

Family files $10M claim against city over police shooting

An LAPD officer fatally shot an unarmed man after a pursuit that ended in Burbank. The city of L.A. has 45 days to settle the claim before the family can file a federal civil rights lawsuit.

First Person: Philip Cho's journey from jail to mental health activism

A paranoid schizophrenic, Cho says his time spent in L.A. County's Twin Towers jail prompted him to become an activist on behalf of people with mental health problems.

San Bernardino to pay $650K in videotaped beating

In an extraordinarily fast response, the county said it had reached a settlement with Francis Jared Pusok, whose beating by deputies after he attempted to flee on horseback was caught on video.

Public safety, cleanups in proposed LA city budget

Increased property and hotel taxes are buoying the city budget. Mayor Garcetti wants to spend it on police, special cleanups, tree-trimming and sidewalk repairs.

LA may not be riding a crime wave, criminologists say

Crime is on the rise, but for how long and why? Criminologists say it's too early to say and are unconvinced by arguments that realignment is pushing crime rates up.

Critics: expansion of LAPD elite Metro teams raises concerns

Some community activists and police critics said Wednesday Mayor Garcetti's plan to assign teams to target crime in unfamiliar neighborhoods could hurt community policing efforts.

County budget focuses on improving jails, child welfare

L.A. County's proposed budget rose to $26.9 billion this year. Most of the slight increase will go to jails, public health, and foster care.

Man describes harrowing experience at hands of San Bernardino Sheriff’s deputies

Francis Jared Pusok spoke with KNBC about being beaten by deputies. A county supervisor worries what the county may have to pay as a result of the incident.

FBI launches investigation into beating by SB Sheriff deputies

The FBI has launched an investigation into whether San Bernardino Sheriff's deputies violated the civil rights of a man who was beaten Thursday after he led deputies on a pursuit on a horse.