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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
Evacuated residents return home as firefighters get close to containing the nearly 26,000 acre Topanga fire. The blaze destroyed three homes.
A brush fire in the hills along the border between LA and Ventura counties burned at least 17,000 acres and consumed one single family home during the first 24 hours.
Los Angeles County probation officers walked off the job for a day to protest stalled contract talks. The workers say their job is increasingly dangerous and they're calling for better retirement benefits. [image]
LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joins street service workers to launch "Operation Pothole," a concerted effort to fill 35,000 potholes by the end of December.
The National Transportation Safety Board is launching an investigation into Wednesday's emergency landing of a Jet Blue plane at LAX. The agency says the plane's landing gear problem may not be isolated.
Governor Schwarzenegger signed a bill that will make it easier for local district attorneys to prosecute human trafficking, which is already banned under federal law.
Jefferson High Principal Juan Flecha says the South LA school has implemented changes this year which should create less opportunity for racial tension
LAPD Chief Bill Bratton says he wants to involve residents in the training of cops, following several controversial police shootings in recent months.
As part of a series on the hurricane evacuees who are staying in Southern California, KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with Greg Johnson, who is looking to make a new life for himself in the Southland after growing up around drugs and violence.
Latisse Mills of South Central Los Angeles is one of the many volunteers in Southern California who are going the extra mile to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.
21-year old Brandon McIntyre is staying at the Dream Center in Echo Park, along with many other refugees of Hurricane Katrina. His parents remain in Baton Rouge, but he came to Southern California for "the experience."
The Dream Center in Echo Park is housing more than a hundred evacuees of Hurricane Katrina, including 48-year old Joclyn Cash, who is staying there with her daughter, two grandsons, and eight other members of her extended family. Her father remains missing in New Orleans.
A team of Southland doctors and nurses held an emotional news conference describing their experiences treating hurricane victims in New Orleans.
LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LA school officials introduce the "Safe School Zones" initiative which is designed to improve safety for students traveling to and from designated campuses.
Kirk Robert, a 50-year old mechanic for the Department of Water and Power, was visiting his father in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck. His father is still missing.