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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
A federal judge today expressed skepticism about relaxing oversight of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton says he’s working with the Lakers to make sure Wednesday’s celebration of their NBA championship goes smoothly. The Lakers plan a parade, and possibly a rally, at the Coliseum.
The city of Los Angeles asks a judge Monday to end federal monitoring of the LAPD. The city argues that the department’s reformed its ways following a series of scandals and high profile beatings, and no longer needs the federal government looking over its shoulder. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
A federal judge Thursday sentenced a Morro Bay man to a year in prison for operating a medical marijuana store. Its the first to come up since the Obama Administration indicated it would end federal raids on marijuana dispensaries. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports on the story of Charles Lynch.
Los Angeles city workers Tuesday protested planned furloughs to address the city’s budget gap. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.
The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday voted to reduce the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
FBI Director Robert Mueller Monday honored Efrem Zimbalist Jr. The actor portrayed Inspector Lewis Erskine in the old “FBI” TV series. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.
Grim-faced LAPD officials announced the arrest of one of their own for murder Friday. Detective Stephanie Lazarus was a patrol officer when she allegedly murdered her ex-boyfriend’s wife 23 years ago. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports on her extraordinary arrest at police headquarters.
Los Angeles County government could lose more than $1 billion under the governor’s plan to close the state’s budget deficit. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.
Los Angeles County officials say the elimination of the state’s CalWORKS welfare program would jeopardize more than $150 million in federal stimulus money.
The Los Angeles City Council today unanimously voted to end bicycle licensing in the city.
Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon is pushing the city to establish banking districts throughout L.A. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports the idea is to encourage banks to open branches in poor neighborhoods.
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.