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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 election of Carmen Trutanich as Los Angeles City Attorney signals more than the arrival of a newcomer to city politics. It marks the defeat of one of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's closest allies. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports that an anti-Villaraigosa sentiment was clearly in evidence during the campaign.
Governor Schwarzenegger and Speaker of the State Assembly Karen Bass were in South Los Angeles on Sunday. Both were looking for voters to support Propositions 1A through 1F on Tuesday's ballot. The six measures would raise taxes, expand the lottery, and shift mental health and child development funding to help address California's gaping budget deficit. They would also place a cap on future spending, and create a "rainy day" reserve. KPCC's Frank Stoltze caught up with the state's top Republican and top Democrat.
A newcomer to Los Angeles politics hopes to upset a City Hall insider in Tuesday's election for city attorney. Defense lawyer Carmen Trutanich faces Westside City Councilman Jack Weiss in a race the legal community is closely watching. The city attorney plays a key role in L.A., issuing legal advice to elected officials and departments and a range of issues from development to policing and representing the city in legal matters. The job can also be a stepping stone to higher office. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
Next week's congressional election in the San Gabriel Valley is a test of the political strength of a longtime Asian-American politician in a majority Latino district. Board of Equalization Vice Chair Judy Chu faces State Senator Gil Cedillo in the race to replace Hilda Solis, who resigned the seat to become President Obama's labor secretary. Both are Democrats, and both call themselves cross-racial candidates. KPCC's Frank Stoltze takes a look at the two candidates for the rare open congressional seat.
A 26-year-old congressional candidate from East Los Angeles is borrowing some pages from President Obama's campaign in his bid to upset two veteran politicians in the race. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports that the campaign of Democrat Emanuel Pleitez has attracted enthusiastic young supporters from around the country.
Not only have people been affected by the Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara, but animals as well. Alex Cohen talks to KPCC reporter Frank Stoltze and gives us scope of the latest details on the conditions of the fire.
It's day four as firefighters continue to battle the flames of the Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara. KPCC reporter Frank Stoltze is at the scene as one of the fire trucks breaks down.
Alex Cohen talks to KPCC reporter, Frank Stoltze as he joins us from a refilling station for helicopters on the western flank of the fire line of the Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara.
Over 30,000 residents have been forced to evacuate the Jesusita Fire area in the county of Santa Barbara. KPCC reporter Frank Stoltze talks to a couple who was ordered to evacuate their home.
The fire in the Santa Barbara foothills has grown to 3,500 acres and 20,000 people have been ordered to evacuate. KPCC's Frank Stoltze is in Santa Barbara and spoke with one firefighter who helped to battle the fire overnight.
The race for Los Angeles city attorney is turning out to be one of the most negative political campaigns in recent memory. City Councilman Jack Weiss and criminal defense attorney Carmen Trutanich have launched blistering attacks on each other in what many expect to be a close vote. The election for the non-partisan but powerful post is less than two weeks away. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
State health and safety inspectors on Monday said it's safe for residents of the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar to return home after a five-month wait. Last November, the Sayre fire swept through the park and burned almost 500 homes in one of the worst fires in Los Angeles city history. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
Alex Cohen talks to KPCC's Frank Stoltze as he revisits the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar affected by last year's wildfires.
Los Angeles Police say they've arrested one of the most prolific serial killers in Southern California history. Police say DNA evidence led them to John Thomas Jr., the alleged Westside Rapist who terrorized neighborhoods from West L.A. to Claremont three decades ago - and maybe even well before that. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
A member of the board that oversees pension funds for Los Angeles City employees has resigned after his involvement with a political fundraiser for city attorney candidate Jack Weiss. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.