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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

Landmark California gun seizure law takes effect Jan. 1

The law is the first in the nation that allows a judge to temporarily seize a person's guns based on concerns of family and police that the person is a threat.

LA jails expect surge of visitors over holiday

The holidays bring more visitors to local jails, said officials. But most inmates will spend Christmas without seeing loved ones.

Pasadena police chief lashes out at McDade shooting report

Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez has nothing good to say about an independent consultant’s report sharply critical of the 2012 fatal shooting of Kendric McDade.

Security added at Rose Parade after San Bernardino attack

Pasadena and federal officials are beefing up security and adding restrictions at the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl following the mass shooting in San Bernardino.

San Bernardino shooting: No bail for Enrique Marquez

A federal magistrate judge in Riverside ordered Enrique Marquez Jr. held without bail, after federal prosecutors argued he was a serious flight risk and danger to the public.

Video raises questions about LA sheriff shooting in Long Beach

The video shows two deputies firing at close range, killing Noel Enrique Aguilar. Los Angeles Sheriff's officials say he was armed and tried to grab a deputy's gun.

LA considers $31 million for police body cameras

The five-year contract with Taser International will place a body camera on every LAPD officer — and outfit each officer in the city with a stun gun.

Deal set to bring more oversight of LA Sheriff’s Department

After complaining he lacked adequate access, the Los Angeles County inspector general would now be able to look at a range of confidential files.

First responders recount scene of San Bernardino mass shooting

Police officers who were among the first to arrive to the Inland Regional Center described a "surreal" scene. "It was terrible," one said.

Death penalty showdown expected in 2016

Two death penalty measures may end up on what's expected to be a crowded ballot next November. Voters last took up capital punishment in 2012.

Lawsuit seeks more help for mentally ill jail inmates

Civil rights lawyers representing mentally ill former inmates say many of them end up homeless and back in jail within weeks or months.

3 arrested in murder of Downey police officer

Officer Ricardo Galvez was fatally shot at about 11 p.m. Wednesday in an apparent "botched robbery." Three suspects, including one juvenile, are in custody.

Paris attacks: 120 thought dead in 6 incidents

Five attackers may have been killed and more than 120 victims may have died in six deadly incidents in Paris, according to the city's prosecutor.

LAPD union says 'Preservation of Life' award will endanger cops

Police union leaders warn Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck's effort to encourage less use of force could lead to officer deaths.

Officer Involved: Black people shot at disproportionate rate

Police in Los Angeles County fatally shoot black people at triple their proportion in the population, an analysis by KPCC has found.