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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
Filling in for Patt was great. The producers make it easy. This prison reform business is so frustrating. Republican State Senator George Runner – author of numerous laws that locked up more people for longer – strongly objects to the governor’s plan to reduce the prison population.
The family of a terminally ill Los Angeles woman is pleading with Governor Schwarzenegger to release her from prison so she may die at home. The case raises key issues facing the prison system, as KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of neighborhood councils in Los Angeles. Voters created the councils to give Angelenos a greater say in government, and to cool secession fever in the San Fernando Valley. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze spoke with the head of L.A.’s Department of Neighborhood Empowerment about whether the initiative is working.
The family of a Los Angeles woman with terminal cancer asked the governor Tuesday to release her from prison. Deborah Peagler’s spent a quarter century behind bars for her role in the murder of an abusive boyfriend. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
Federal officials said Monday they failed to account for the deaths of 10 immigrants in their custody. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says the news surfaced as the new head of the federal immigration agency visits Southern California.
The new head of the federal immigration enforcement agency is visiting Southern California.
LA Police Chief Bill Bratton announced his resignation today. The Los Angeles Times reports that he plans to assume the top job at a private security firm.
Last week, Governor Schwarzenegger put on hold his plan to reduce the state’s prison population. Republican leaders had threatened to torpedo the budget deal if he didn’t. Lawmakers have agreed to consider the plan again in a few weeks. It’s expected to face stiff opposition, as KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
The Obama administration has tapped Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Arif Alikhan for a top job at the federal Department of Homeland Security. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says Alikhan immediately becomes one of the administration’s highest-profile Muslims.
Developers of affordable housing in Southern California are joining the many critics of the state budget deal. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says that under the spending plan, they could lose an important funding source.
Mayors of several California cities lashed out at the state budget deal Thursday. They said the agreement will force them to drastically cut government services. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.
Community redevelopment agencies throughout Southern California warn that the proposed state budget deal would hinder or even stop new projects. Under the deal, the state would seize nearly $2 billion in property tax revenue that would have gone into redeveloping blighted areas around California. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday voted three-to-one to support the L.A. Opera’s planned production of Richard Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle next year. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has joined the chorus of local government leaders criticizing the state budget deal.
The head of the Los Angeles city firefighters union has warned that people could die as a result of the mayor’s plan to reduce fire department operations.