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
Over the summer, Tanaka closed his campaign headquarters, held no events and posted nothing on social media. He faces an uphill battle against Jim McDonnell in the race for L.A. County sheriff.
It's expected to be a close race for a seat on the five-member Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. This was the first one-on-one debate since the primary.
Competition between the L.A. supervisorial candidates is expected to be close, with both vying to take the seat of the outgoing Zev Yaroslavsky.
The standoff is over more than pay, according to union leaders who've complained of bias in the disciplinary system - an accusation rejected by Chief Charlie Beck.
Hundreds of federal and local law enforcement agents fanned out across downtown L.A. in the sweep targeting about 70 locations.
The mayor officially endorsed McDonnell, citing his work at the LAPD. Meanwhile, opponent Paul Tanaka has barely campaigned - providing little chance for debate.
As unions seek to build a labor-friendly majority on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, the race for Zev Yaroslavsky's vacated seat is expected to be a close one.
The former attorney allegedly used the EB-5 visa program to lure wealthy South Korean and Chinese investors who wanted to obtain green cards.
The shooting sparked protests outside LAPD headquarters by people who said it was another case of excessive use of force. But witnesses are scarce, says the inspector general.
The Safe Spaces Initiative would create intervention programs within mosques nationwide to thwart violent extremism. LA's counterterrorism chief welcomes the plan.
Civil rights activists criticized the department's decision to withhold the names of the officers for two weeks. Police say they were guarding against retaliation.
In a widely shared Facebook post, Charles Belk said he was going to put money in a parking meter when police arrested him for a bank robbery he didn't commit.
The case, which has attracted national attention, sparked angry outrage from civil rights activists who called it a clear case of excessive use of force.
A community meeting draws residents and activists who say the police killing of Ezell Ford is another example of excessive use of force against African Americans.
Police Chief Charlie Beck did not offer a cost estimate for the fixes. But one commissioner said the problems go beyond money, like missing footage of incidents.