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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

Candidates for LA County Supervisor Hold First Televised Debate

Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks and State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas traded barbs in their one and only televised debate last night. They're campaigning to replace retiring County Supervisor Yvonne Burke. Her district includes Culver City, Inglewood, South LA, Compton and Carson. KPCC Morning Edition host Steve Julian spoke with Frank Stoltze, who covered Thursday night's debate.

L.A. City and County Release Proposed Budgets for Fiscal 2008-2009

It's budget time in Los Angeles. Bean counters for the City and the County made their proposals for the coming fiscal year Monday. We have two reports: KPCC's Brian Watt begins with a focus on the county, followed by Frnak Stolze with a look at the city.

L.A. City and County Release Proposed Budgets for Fiscal 2008-2009

It's budget time in Los Angeles. Bean counters for the City and the County made their proposals for the coming fiscal year Monday. We have two reports: KPCC's Brian Watt begins with a focus on the county, followed by Frank Stolze with a look at the city.

State Panel Raises Concerns About Legal Representation for Indigent Defendants

A state panel is raising concerns about the way California provides legal representation to criminal defendants who can't afford attorneys. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says the panel found the quality of representation is uneven across the state and that sometimes it falls short of the constitutional minimum.

Mayor Outlines Plan to Fight Gang Violence in State of the City Address

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Monday delivered his annual State of the City Address at police headquarters. Villaraigosa focused many of his comments on his plan to improve gang prevention programs. KPCC's Frank Stoltze was there.

L.A. Mayor Releases Details of Gang Plan

Los Angeles city leaders say they're making a historic shift in the way they try to remove kids -- and keep them -- from the reach of gangs. Instead of spreading programs across the city, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says he'll focus resources on a dozen of the city's most gang- infested areas. His decision follows a series of high profile gang shootings. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has more.

L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa to Talk Gangs, Deficit in State of the City Address

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa delivers his State of the City address tonight. Most at City Hall agree that the big problem L.A. faces now is a $400 million budget deficit. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has a preview of the speech.

L.A. Mayor Delivers State of the City Address

Transportation, education, gang violence, and a huge budget deficit. All were on the agenda as Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gave his third State of the City speech Monday night. KPCC's Frank Stoltze was there, and joined Shirley Jahad with a recap.

High Gas Prices Raise Concern; Airline Industry Faces Turbulence; Live Nation Expands

KPCC business analyst Mark Lacter talks about a recent poll which suggested that high gas prices are the biggest economic concern for many people; the airline industry faces a bumpy ride as some airlines go out of business; and the Beverly Hills company Live Nation is betting on some superstars to expand its business.

Beijing Olympics Letter; South Africa Honors Rep. Waters; Sen. Boxer Upset With Interior Secretary

Jack Shaw of Market News International says several members of California's congressional delegation are urging President Bush to skip the Beijing Olympics; South Africa's president honors Rep. Maxine Waters for her long support of a racially integrated South Africa; and Senator Barbara Boxer is upset with Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne.

State Air Board Considers Revamp of Emissions-Free Vehicle Mandate

The California Air Resources Board will consider a plan that would reduce by nearly two-thirds the number of electric and hydrogen fuel cell cars that automakers would have to market in California by 2014. Instead, the proposal would require automakers to put 75,000 low emissions vehicles on the road within the next six years. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke about the proposal with Mary Nichols, the chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board.

McCain Speaks with Latino Business Leaders in Santa Ana

Republican presidential candidate John McCain spoke to the Orange County Hispanic Small Business Roundtable today. The country's financial turmoil topped the agenda. The stop was part of the likely GOP nominee's three-day campaign swing through the Golden State. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Haefele on Las Lomas Decision

The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday ordered city planners to stop working on a 5,500 home development at the intersection of the 5 and 14 freeways just north of the city's limits. The developer wanted the city to annex the land from the county, and approve the project. KPCC's Frank Stoltze talks with Marc Haefele about what may be the end of a major development.

Violence Overseas Touches Iraqi-Americans in Southern California

As part of KPCC's coverage of the fifth anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, Frank Stoltze spoke with two Iraqis living in Southern California. They talked about how the violence overseas is affecting them.

Faith Groups Step In to Help Parolees

Over the past three decades, California has quadrupled its incarceration rate. More than 500 out of every 100,000 residents are locked up in prison. Most will get out; and most will commit new crimes or parole violations and end up back in. California provides few rehabilitation services, but others have filled the vacuum. In the final part of our five-part series on prisoner reentry, KPCC's Frank Stoltze looks at who is doing some of the heavy lifting when it comes to rehabilitating criminals. (This series was produced by Frank Stoltze as part of a fellowship with USC's Institute for Justice and Journalism.)