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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

Teachers Unions Vow Defeat of Villaraigosa's School Plan

The United Teachers of Los Angeles and the California Teachers Association are promising to defeat Mayor Villaraigosa's plan to wrest control over the LA Unified School District, but it's unclear how far the unions will go to fight the plan.

Officials Push Federally Mandated Reforms at the LAPD

LAPD officials Monday pledged to complete federally mandated reforms by the first of the year. Their commitment came a week after a judge castigated the department for failing to implement key reforms, and extended federal oversight of the LAPD for three years.

Judge Extends Federal Consent Decree

US District Judge Gary Fees says the LAPD has failed to comply with key reforms under the consent decree and is ordering the department to remain under federal oversight for another three years.

Coroners Employees: Bodies Being Mishandled at LA County Morgue

Workers at the LA County morgue are accusing the coroner of mismanagement which has led to the improper handling of bodies. They say bodies are stacked in hallways, and corpses in murder investigations are getting contaminated.

Federal Judge Considers Extending Consent Decree

A federal judge will hear arguments today on whether federal oversight of the LAPD should be extended. LAPD Chief William Bratton wants part of the consent decree lifted.

Legal Clinic Helps Ex Cons Try to Clear Their Names

A support group called Save Our Sons sponsors a clinic which helps ex-cons learn how to clear their names so they can improve their job opportunities.

Fire Department Launches Reform Effort

The LA City Fire Commission is taking a step to rid the department of the racial and gender problems that were cited in a recent audit.

Black Leaders Call for Participation in Boycott

A group of black activists called on African Americans to join in Monday's immigrant rights demonstrations. They joined a growing list of activists and leaders from ethnic organizations around the city urging participation.

Hundreds of Thousands Expected for Downtown Marches

Immigrant rights activists spent the weekend making a final push to get people to show up to two huge marches planned for downtown LA.

Hundreds of Thousands March for Immigrants' Rights

Police estimate as many as a quarter million people marched from Olympic and Broadway to City Hall in Downtown Los Angeles in a midday march to support immigrants' rights.

Korean American Leaders Drum Up Support for May 1 Protests

Korean American leaders are calling on their community to get involved in the May 1st immigrant rights demonstrations by either boycotting school or work or joining a protest march.

Villaraigosa Releases $6.7 Billion Spending Plan

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has released his first budget, which would increase spending by 11 percent and put more money toward public safety programs.

Homeless Can't Be Arrested for Sleeping on Streets

A federal appeals court today barred the city of LA from arresting homeless people for sleeping on the sidewalk until the city can provide enough shelter beds for them. The two-to-one ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a lower court's decision and strikes down one of the most restrictive laws of its kind in the nation.

Mayor Proposes Hiking Trash Fee to Hire Police

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wants to gradually raise the city's trash pick-up fees in order to pay for one thousand more LAPD officers.

LA Fire Commission Gets Earful at Harassment Hearing

The LA City Fire Commission held a hearing on harassment following an audit by the LA City Controller which found that women and minorities still face problems within the agency