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

Family of Detained Filmmaker Sues Federal Government

Relatives of Los Angeles filmmaker Cyrus Kar are suing to win his release from a detention facility in Iraq. The US military says Kar was in a taxi carrying a common component used to make explosives.

Villaraigosa Prepares for Mayoral Ascension

As Mayor-elect Antonio Villaraigosa gets ready to be inaugurated Friday, his colleagues look back on his career.

Assembly Debates Assisted Suicide Bill

Van Nuys Assemblyman Lloyd Levine talks about the bill he authored which would allow doctors to help people end their lives if they were mentally competent and had six or fewer months to live.

Lakers Hope to Rebound with Phil Jackson

The Los Angeles Lakers have rehired Phil Jackson as coach in the hopes that he'll turn the team around after a losing season.

Jackson Fans, Opponents Sound Off on Verdict

KPCC's Frank Stoltze gathered the sounds as a jury found Michael Jackson not guilty on all charges related to the pop star's child molestation trial.

Local Police Agencies Step up Enforcement of Illegal Immigration Policies

Local police agencies plan to work with federal agents to catch illegal immigrants. Critics fear the plan will stop immigrants from reporting crimes.

Ludlow Accepts Job as Labor Federation Head

Martin Ludlow will resign his seat on the Los Angeles City Council after being picked by the LA County Federation of Labor to succeed Miguel Contreras.

Ludlow Expected to Get Top Job at Labor Federation

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor is expected to pick LA City Councilman Martin Ludlow to succeed Miguel Contreras, who died last month.

LAPD Adds Cameras to Watch You

Cameras go up in the Fashion District, watching as people come and go.

State Officials Hold Meeting on Korean-American Scams

Officials with the California Department of Corporations meet with Koreatown community leaders to talk about recent financial scams that have targeted Korean-Americans.

LA Mayor-Elect Villaraigosa Unveils Transition Team

Former Assembly speaker Bob Hertzberg will chair the 82-member transition team that includes leaders from business, labor, education, religion and the arts.

Federal Aviation Officials Approve LAX Master Plan

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the $11 billion plan to modernize LAX. The approval marks the final regulatory hurdle, but the controversial plan still faces challenges.

Student Journalists Charge Censorship in Lawsuit

Members of the East Bakersfield High School newspaper have sued their principal for pulling a story about gay students. The principal maintains he was worried about student safety.

Hahn Retires From Politics Following Election Loss

Outgoing LA mayor Jim Hahn announces he is giving up public life following his loss to Antonio Villaraigosa in the mayoral runoff election.

Hahn Loses First Citywide Election

Antonio Villaraigosa's victory in the LA mayoral runoff election ends nearly a quarter century in public office for Jim Hahn.