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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 Antonio Villaraigosa and labor union leaders Wednesday celebrated the promised arrival of an Italian light rail car manufacturer in downtown Los Angeles.
Federal authorities Friday announced the seizure of a large cache of high-powered firearms in Southern California. It’s another example of how easy it is to get illegal weapons in the region.
BELL GARDENS - The feds arrested nine members and associates of a Bell Gardens gang in a drug and weapons raid. One of the alleged gangsters claimed to be a hit man for a Mexican drug cartel, federal officials said today.
The California Republican Party opens its semi-annual convention Friday in Indian Wells, near Palm Springs. It’s an opportunity for the GOP rank and file to take a closer look at three candidates who seek the party’s nomination for governor next year. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has the last of our profiles of those candidates.
The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday confirmed former U.S. Attorney Debra Wong Yang as a member of the Police Commission. The mayor appointed Yang to the civilian panel, which sets policy for the LAPD.
California Republicans gather this weekend for their semi-annual state party convention. Three candidates seek to represent the party in next year’s gubernatorial election. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze spoke with one of them at a coffee shop in Orange County this week.
Former Paramount Pictures executive Christine Essel has forced a run-off in the race to represent parts of the San Fernando Valley on the Los Angeles City Council.
Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman promised Tuesday she’d cut 40,000 state jobs if Californians elect her governor. Whitman made the statement as she formally announced she’s seeking the Republican nomination.
Former eBay chief Meg Whitman formally announces her candidacy for governor today in Fullerton. She’ll launch a statewide radio ad campaign to promote her business experience, just in time for this weekend’s state Republican convention. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports that Whitman wants to lead a state party that, like the national party, is struggling with declining registration and competing philosophies.
The Los Angeles City Council and city labor unions have agreed on a budget plan that averts layoffs and furloughs - for now.
The Los Angeles City Council on Friday is expected to decide whether to go through with layoffs and mandatory unpaid furlough days to address a $400 million budget shortfall. Labor union leaders argue the city should enact an early retirement plan instead. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Thursday named a federal prosecutor as his deputy mayor for homeland security and public safety. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
The Los Angeles City Council, facing a $400 million budget deficit, voted to begin the process of laying off up to a thousand city workers and instituting mandatory unpaid furloughs. Council leaders stressed it was only an “insurance policy” in case they were unable to reach an agreement on an early retirement plan for 2,400 workers. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
Some 926 jobs could be cut and thousands of union employees could be required to take furloughs under a massive cost-cutting Los Angeles budget plan that the City Council agreed to unanimously this afternoon.
The Los Angeles City Council met in an extraordinary seven hour closed-door session yesterday to address the city’s deepening financial crisis. City negotiators then met into the night with labor union leaders to discuss a controversial early retirement plan for 2,400 city workers. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has been following the story. Frank tells Steve Julian why this early retirement plan is so controversial.