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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
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.
Amid increasing concerns about home-grown terrorism, the Los Angeles Police Department has launched a new watchdog campaign. It encourages people to report suspicious activity that may be related to terrorism to the LAPD Web site or a new telephone hotline.
Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley apparently had tough words for medical marijuana dispensaries at a conference of narcotics officers in Montebello today. The Los Angeles Times quotes the DA as saying all of the county's hundreds of dispensaries are illegal, and that he intends to prosecute their operators. Later in the day, the D.A. sent out a toned down news release.
A few weeks before he leaves his job, Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton has called the civilian panel that oversees the department “unnecessary.” Bratton ends his seven years as chief at the end of the month. Wednesday, he talked about his time as LAPD chief at an event sponsored by Los Angeles Magazine. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze was there.
A group that advocates on behalf of Latinas in California Wednesday released a survey of the state’s Latina registered voters.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is seeking to reform its largest welfare program amid a dramatic increase in the number of people who seek help.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney has charged two LAPD officers and one former officer with lying under oath. The case stems from a drug bust in Hollywood two years ago. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze spoke with All Things Considered host Alex Cohen about the case.
Two LAPD officers and an ex-officer have been charged in a conspiracy and perjury case, the Los Angeles County District Attorney announced today.
San Francisco mayor and gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom received some help from one of the biggest names in Democratic Party politics Monday. Former President Bill Clinton publicly endorsed Newsom during a joint appearance at Los Angeles City College.
Pasadena Police Chief Bernard Melekian is resigning his post to head the federal COPS program. United States Attorney General Eric Holder made the announcement at a police conference in Denver Monday. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.
Former President Bill Clinton Monday put his political muscle behind Gavin Newsom’s bid for governor.
Former President Bill Clinton’s visiting Southern California Monday to help Gavin Newsom in his campaign for governor. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says Clinton planned to appear with the San Francisco mayor at Los Angeles City College Sunday afternoon and at a private fundraiser.
The chief of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has resigned. David Nahai leaves as the utility struggles to address a rash of water main breaks and seeks to meet the LA mayor’s renewable energy goals.
The FBI is investigating whether Burbank police officers committed civil rights violations. The FBI reportedly is focusing on 12 current and former Burbank police officers and their use of force. KPCC's Kari Moran spoke with reporter Frank Stoltze about the story.
The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into the Burbank Police Department.