Frank Stoltze


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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 work goes on after two LA County firefighters die on duty

Firefighters had to put emotion aside and concentrate on the job at hand the day after two of their colleagues died in a rollover accident. Cal Fire Captain Craig Waag spoke about that with KPCC's Frank Stoltze.

Wild animals flee the Station Fire area

The Station Fire continues to grow out of control in the Angeles National Forest. Thousands of residents have been ordered to evacuate. KPCC's Steve Julian talks to Frank Stoltze from one of the evacuation areas. He says the local wildlife there has also fled for protection.

Residents in La Crescenta describe the Station Fire

KPCC's Steve Julian talks to Frank Stoltze from one of the evacuated areas near the Station Fire. A resident there describes the fire.

Residents near the Station Fire defend their homes

The Station Fire continues to grow. KPCC's Steve Julian talks to Frank Stoltze as he joins us live from La Crescenta. Frank talks to a resident who hosed his home in efforts to save it, before being evacuated.

Residents from La Crescenta ordered to evacuate

Flames continue to threaten thousands of homes in the area where the Station Fire continues to blaze. KPCC's Steve Julian talks to Frank Stoltze as he joins us live with a La Crescenta resident who's been ordered to evacuate.

New evacution orders in effect for Station Fire area

The Station Fire in the Angeles National Forest has burned more than 45,000 acres and has killed two firefighters already. KPCC's Steve Julian talks to Frank Stoltze as new evacuation orders are in effect for residents in La Cresenta.

Local non-profit helps with census participation

The California Endowment has announced it’ll spend four million $4 million on a public awareness campaign to urge "hard-to-count" communities to participate in next year’s census. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

Schwarzenegger remembers Eunice Shriver

Much of the week's news focused on the passing of Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy. But during remarks at the California Endowment in downtown Los Angeles, Governor Schwarzenegger focused on the recent passing of his mother-in-law Eunice Kennedy Shriver. She founded the Special Olympics.

Gov blasts Democrats on prison plan

Governor Schwarzenegger conceded Thursday that his prison plan is “radical.” KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

LA mayor shakes up staff

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made major changes to his staff Thursday. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Police chief vows to reverse South LA crime spike

Police Tuesday promised to reverse a spike in crime in South Los Angeles. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Michael Jackson reportedly died of lethal propofol injection

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that records show Michael Jackson died of lethal levels of a powerful anesthetic. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

LA city attorney seeks injunctions against taggers

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich Monday defended his plan to seek injunctions against graffiti tagging crews. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Get Tough on Crime Plays Better at Election Time

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.

Family asks governor for release of terminally ill woman

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.