Frank Stoltze Correspondent

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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

Weller Guilty on All Counts in Farmer's Market Crash

George Russell Weller, who three years ago drove his car through the Santa Monica Farmer's Market, was convicted today on ten counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.

ACLU Says County Jail Conditions are Inhumane

The ACLU wants a federal judge to order Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca to improve conditions at the downtown jail. The group accuses Baca of squeezing inmates into holding cells at the Inmate Reception Center.

Town Hall Forum Tackles Homelessness in LA

Panelists call for more affordable housing and less "NIMBYism" at a Town Hall Los Angeles forum on homelessness. The homeless problem has gained more attention as more development moves into downtown LA.

Local Korean-Americans React to Nuclear Test

News that North Korea exploded a nuclear test device sent waves of concern through the Korean-American community in Southern California. Los Angeles has the largest Korean community outside Seoul and many have family in South Korea.

Mayor, Chief Say Skid Row Crackdown Going Well

Two weeks after increasing efforts to fight crime on Skid Row, LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief Bill Bratton say the program is paying off.

LA Times Publisher Forced Out

The Tribune Company Thursday ousted Los Angeles Times Publisher Jeffrey Johnson after he refused to cut staff at the paper. Tribune replaced Johnson with David Hiller, publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The move sparked concern inside and outside the paper about the future of the Times.

LAPD Chief Asks for Public's Help to Solve Toddler's Killing

The LAPD and community leaders in Baldwin Village are grappling with the shooting death of a 3-year-old girl. The historically violent neighborhood tucked below the Santa Monica Freeway near Culver City hadn't seen a murder in nearly a year. The killing is a reminder of how tough it is to reduce violence in parts of LA.

LAPD Launches New Crackdown on Skid Row

Fifty officers began patrolling the streets of Skid Row over the weekend as part of the "Skid Row Safer City Initiative." The goal is to do what one crime prevention expert calls "broken windows" policing.

City Council Rejects Skid Row Settlement with ACLU

The LA City Council Wednesday rejected a proposed legal settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union that would have allowed people to sleep on the streets of Skid Row from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. The Mayor and LAPD had backed the plan. Skid Row businesses and residents opposed it.

Human Relations Commission Votes to Honor Controversial Muslim Leader

Following weeks of debate, the LA County Human Relations Commission has voted to give a human rights award to Dr. Maher Hathout of the Islamic Center of Southern California. Some Jewish groups opposed honoring Hathout because of past statements he's made about Israel.

Skid Row Settlement in the Works

LAPD Chief Bill Bratton urged the City Council to approve a proposed settlement with the ACLU that reportedly would allow officers to clear homeless people off the streets of Skid Row during daytime hours. The chief says the number of homeless people in the area has increased dramatically since a federal court ruling earlier this year restricting police from arresting people for sleeping on the sidewalk.

Anti-Three Strike Activists Fight Man's Sentence

Activists held a rally in downtown LA for Santos Reyes, who is serving 25 years to life under California's three strikes sentencing law. The activists say Santos' case is an example of what they call the injustice of the law.

Housing Summit Focuses on Proposition H

The LA Business Council convened its fifth annual housing summit Thursday. Business, non-profit and political leaders focused on the $1-billion housing bond on the November ballot. They said the measure will help address the city's housing crisis.

Opening Statements Begin in Farmers Market Crash Trial

Trial began Tuesday for George Weller, the elderly man charged with vehicular manslaughter for driving his car through the Santa Monica Farmers Market in 2003. Ten people were killed and dozens were injured.

American Muslims Reflect on Changed Lives After 9/11

The fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks was a wake-up call for many American Muslims. Some say they have endured slurs and increased scrutiny after 9/11, while others say they have used the attacks as an opportunity to teach about their religion.