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

LA Sheriff's oversight panel orders inquiry into secretive deputy cliques

The L.A. County Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission Tuesday ordered the County's Inspector General to investigate the secretive and sometimes violent deputy cliques that operate inside the Sheriff's Department.

Does the First Amendment protect sheriff's deputy cliques and tattoos from scrutiny?

On Tuesday the L.A. Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission takes up the issue of secretive and sometimes violent deputy cliques inside the department – and the tattoos that identify the cliques' members. One of the commissioners -- a Loyola Law school professor - is challenging the county's long-held legal position that deputy cliques and tattoos are protected under the First Amendment.

Villanueva wins a round in court fight with supervisors over deputy rehiring

This story aired March 7, 2019.

The standoff between the sheriff and the supervisors

A further discussion with Frank Stoltze about L.A. County's determination that Sheriff Alex Villanueva's controversial rehiring of Deputy Caren Carl Mandoyan is illegal.

LA Supes to consider $4.6M payment for killing of homeless man

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors considers on Tuesday whether to pay $4.6 million to the family of a homeless man who was unarmed when he was killed by sheriff's deputies.

More money proposed for LAPD overtime is to keep up with current spending

Mayor Garcetti's proposed budget includes a 40% increase in funding for LAPD overtime. But KPCC's Frank Stoltze explains the added money is just to keep up with actual spending. The LAPD is projected to spend about 40% over what the current year budget allotted for overtime.

LA man free after more than 20 years in prison when judge vacates his murder conviction

Michael Tirpak of Los Angeles walked free Friday for the first time in a quarter century after a judge vacated his murder conviction.

LA Police Commission worried about LAPD's traffic stops

The L.A. Police Commission today ordered the LAPD to develop a regular process for auditing car, bicycle and pedestrian stops throughout the city. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says the move follows an Inspector General's audit that found half of nearly 100 stops by gang officers may have had constitutional problems.

LA supes question Villanueva over rehiring of deputy

This story aired on Jan. 29, 2019.

Villanueva still sorting out his plan for ICE

This story aired on Jan. 25, 2019.

County says Villanueva's rehiring of Mandoyan was illegal

News emerged over the weekend that L.A. County has informed Sheriff Alex Villanueva that his controversial rehiring of Deputy Caren Carl Mandoyan is illegal.

LAPD says officer shootings down in 2018

The LAPD reported Tuesday that the number of officer shootings fell in 2018 to one of the lowest tallies in recent decades. KPCC's Frank Stoltze breaks down what the numbers mean.

Gang experts: Nipsey Hussle was well-known for working to curb gang violence

This story aired on Monday, April 1, 2019.

Rehired LA Sheriff's deputy wears tatoo of a clique

This story aired on Friday, March 29, 2019.

How is LA's new sheriff doing after nearly 4 months on the job?

This story aired on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.