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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

L.A.Woman is Set Free After 23 Years in Prison

A 60-year-old Los Angeles woman walked free for the first time in more than two decades this week after a court ordered Governor Schwarzenegger to release her from prison. The court ruled Schwarzenegger had failed to prove that the convicted murderer remained a threat to society.

LAPD Honors Officer Who Saved Boy's Life

The LAPD has honored a police officer who saved a five-year old boy from drowning in a swimming pool. Officer William Sera and the mother of Jesse Pinero Jr. recounted the story to KPCC's Frank Stoltze.

Port Truckers Back Clean Air Plan

Big rig truck drivers demonstrated Wednesday in favor of a clean air plan for the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Trucking companies oppose the plan, which would make drivers employees of trucking companies instead of independent contractors.

Mayors' Conference Focuses on Tourism

The U.S. Conference of Mayors wraps up its annual meeting in Los Angeles today. One of the issues the mayors have focused on is declining international tourism. Many mayors have blamed Bush Administration security policies for fewer foreign visitors to their cities.

Bratton Reappointed for Five More Years

LAPD Chief Bill Bratton Tuesday won a second five-year term as head of the Los Angeles Police Department. The Police Commission's choice marks the first time an LAPD chief has won a second term since voters approved term limits in the wake of the Rodney King beating. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

L.A. Mayor Appoints Gang Czar

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed an evangelical minister as his first director of Gang Reduction and Youth Development programs Wednesday. Jeff Carr will lead the effort to improve gang prevention and intervention programs. Most observers agree that has to happen to achieve a lasting reduction in LA gang violence.

Bangladeshi Man Gives Up Appeals, Will Be Deported

A Bangladeshi man who's lived in Los Angeles for more than a decade has given up his fight against deportation. The man faces execution in Bangladesh for a crime he says he did not commit. The case has gripped the Bangladeshi community in Southern California because it involves the assassination of that country's revered first president. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

ER Death May Prompt King-Harbor Hospital Closure

Los Angeles County Supervisors are once again considering the possibility of closing King-Harbor Hospital in South LA. The problem-plagued facility faces a major federal inspection next month, amid more horrifying cases of patient neglect. If that inspection fails, the federal government would likely yank the funding needed to keep the hospital open.

Judge Hears Plea from Bangladeshi Man Facing Deportation

A former Bangladeshi diplomat living in Los Angeles is waging another cliffhanger effort to stop his deportation. The man faces execution in Bangladesh for a crime he says he did not commit. Federal authorities say he's a terrorist.

120+ Illegal Immigrant Gangsters Arrested in Southern California

Federal authorities Wednesday announced they've rounded up a significant number of illegal immigrant gang members in Southern California during the last three months. They said they've arrested more than 120 alleged foreign national gang members from Lompoc to Hemet.

Judge Hears Plea from Bangladeshi Facing Deportation

A former Bangladeshi diplomat living in Los Angeles is waging another last-minute effort to stop his deportation. Mohiuddin Ahmed faces execution in Bangladesh for a crime he says he didn't commit. Federal authorities label him a terrorist.

Bangladeshi Man Faces Imminent Deportation

A former Bangladeshi diplomat living in Los Angeles may be deported as early as Thursday night, now that he has exhausted his legal appeals. The man faces execution in Bangladesh for his part in a 1975 coup that resulted in the assassination of the country's first president. He says he played a minor role in the coup.

Bratton Delivers Preliminary Report on May 1st Incident

Today, LAPD Chief Bill Bratton delivers a preliminary report on the May 1st incident in MacArthur Park to the Los Angeles City Council. Yesterday, he presented the report to the Police Commission. The chief blamed, in part, a breakdown in command and control that led to officers clubbing and firing rubber bullets at immigrant rights marchers and journalists. Commissioners were far from satisfied. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Bratton Gives Preliminary Report to City Council

LAPD Chief Bill Bratton presented his preliminary report on the May Day melee in MacArthur Park to the City Council today. Council members asked plenty of questions, and urged the chief to be transparent in his inquiry. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Officers Discuss LAPD Culture and MacArthur Park Incident

LAPD Chief Bill Bratton delivers his first report Tuesday on the May 1st incident in MacArthur Park. He'll make a presentation to the Police Commission on the progress of investigations. Video shows officers clubbing and firing rubber bullets at immigrant rights marchers and journalists. The incident left some wondering whether the LAPD has changed much under federally mandated reforms. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.