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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
The city of Los Angeles has decided to withdraw funding from a well-known anti-gang organization in South L.A. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
L.A.'s Homeboy Industries, which gets gang members out of gangs by giving them jobs, has taken some big funding hits. In a very frank interview for Off-Ramp, Homeboy's founder, Father Greg Boyle, told KPCC's Frank Stoltze he may have to kiss goodbye a huge amount of money the state owes Homeboy. Boyle also calls out the city and county for using Homeboy's services, like tattoo removal, without paying for them. He told Frank he's worried Homeboy may have to cut back on some of its services if it can't raise more money.
Most functions of Los Angeles County superior courts closed down Wednesday. Because of likely state budget cuts, Presiding Judge Tim McCoy ordered the court’s employees to take the day off without pay on the third Wednesday of each month. The court’s only handling emergencies, like requests for restraining orders in domestic violence cases. In an interview with KPCC’s Frank Stoltze, McCoy said L.A. County has the largest local court system in the country.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is visiting Southern California.
Los Angeles County superior courts mostly closed Wednesday. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says the presiding judge ordered court employees to take the day off without pay - and one day each month- because of impending state budget cuts.
Most Los Angeles County Superior courts are closed today in response to impending state budget cuts.
As she faces what she describes as a “tough” re-election campaign next year, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer already has raised more than $5 million for the race. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Monday that the city should bear the public safety costs of the Michael Jackson memorial. Villaraigosa was out of town during the memorial. His comments were his first on the matter since he returned. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
Southern California law enforcement officials are expressing concerns about Governor Schwarzenegger’s plan to release prison inmates early. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says the governor’s plan is designed to save the state $400 million.
Newly elected Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is seeking to show his muscle at City Hall as he vows to investigate the city’s role in the Michael Jackson memorial. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
LAPD Chief Bill Bratton Thursday announced the arrest of 19 members of one of the city’s most violent gangs. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says police suspect four of them of murder.
Los Angeles police arrested 19 members of one of the city’s most violent street gangs today. The Toonerville gang operated in the Chevy Chase Park and Glendale areas.
Debate grew Wednesday over the cost of the Michael Jackson memorial to the city of Los Angeles. The city controller blasted the cost of box lunches for officers assigned to the event as the city attorney promised an investigation. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich says he's investigating why the city paid the police costs for the Michael Jackson memorial. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles indicted another two dozen people Wednesday in what the government calls the nation’s “largest-ever gang investigation.” KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.