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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

Residents Worry About Future of Griffith Park

The 800-acre wildfire in Griffith Park this week was the park's worst fire in more than four decades. Those who use the park are now wondering about its future.

Griffith Park Blaze Draws Firefighters Statewide

Many of the firefighters battling the brush fire in Griffith Park are in from out of town. 27-year-old Todd Gailey of the Morro Bay Fire Department on the Central Coast spoke with KPCC's Frank Stoltze at the base of a hill in Griffith Park.

Two LAPD Commanders Demoted

Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton has demoted the top police commander who oversaw the officers involved in the melee at MacArthur Park a week ago. He also reassigned the second in command that day. The actions coincide with multiple investigations into the incident, during which video cameras recorded riot police pushing, hitting, and firing non-lethal bullets at immigrant rights marchers and journalists. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Residents Sound Off on Chief Bratton

The Los Angeles Police Commission held a public hearing Monday night on whether Chief Bill Bratton should serve another five year term. The panel heard mostly voices of support, but some people have strong reservations about Bratton's record in poorer neighborhoods of the city.

L.A.P.D. Chief Bill Bratton Seeks Second Term

Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton says he wants to serve another five years as head of the nation's second largest police force. Bratton says he deserves re-appointment, because crime is down and officer morale is up on his watch. Others contend the chief's record is mixed. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Washington Update with Jack Shaw

A bill by a California congressman is getting the attention of Japan's prime minister; the Armenian genocide is the subject of a resolution being pushed by Pasadena Rep. Adam Schiff; and Rep. Henry Waxman's committee votes to issue subpoena to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.

Presidential Candidates Woo Democrats at State Convention

All the major Democratic presidential candidates spoke at the California state party convention this past weekend in San Diego. KPCC's Frank Stoltze talked with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about what the candidates had to say and what delegates took away from the weekend gathering.

Presidential Candidates Woo Democrats at State Convention

All the major Democratic presidential candidates spoke at the California state party convention this past weekend in San Diego. KPCC's Frank Stoltze talked with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about what the candidates had to say and what delegates took away from the weekend gathering.

Lancaster State Prison Offers Glimpse into Overcrowding Problem

California State Prison, Los Angeles holds three times the number of prisoners it is supposed to hold and serves as an example of the state's overcrowding crisis. KPCC's Frank Stoltze recently got a first-hand look at the problem.

L.A. Mayor Releases Budget Proposal

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled a spending plan Thursday that would allocate more money to the LAPD, and would increase funds for gang prevention.

City Attorney Provides Path to Get Off Gang Injunctions

Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo unveiled new gang injunction guidelines Monday. Under the new policies, gang members can petition his office to be removed from an injunction. The change follows years of complaints from parents and civil libertarians who said the court orders trip up young men who are not gang members.

Community Reacts to Pending Deportation of Fellow Bangladeshi

Bangladeshis in Southern California are roiled over the pending deportation of a man convicted of participating in the 1975 assassination of that country's first president. Mohiuddin Ahmed says he's innocent, but many of his compatriots don't believe him.

Meth Epidemic Takes Toll on Gay Community

Crystal methamphetamine is a powerful drug that's exploded in popularity in Southern California and around the country this decade. Among the hundreds of thousands of lives it's ruined are those of many gay men.

Anger Bubbles Over at Gang Hearing

Civil Rights attorney Connie Rice excoriated the Los Angeles City Council Thursday for its failure to put more money into gang prevention programs. Her tough words came during a hearing in South Los Angeles by the State Senate Public Safety Committee.

Bangladesh Wants U.S. to Fast-Track Deportation of L.A. Man

A spokesman for the government of Bangladesh wants the United States to speed up its plans to deport a former Bangladeshi diplomat living in Los Angeles. A Bangladeshi court sentenced Mohiuddin Ahmed in absentia for helping assassinate the country's first leader. Ahmed says he's innocent.