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

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.

Federal Judge Decries Conditions Inside Men's Central Jail

A federal judge in Los Angeles is asking the county to come up with a plan to improve conditions inside Men's Central jail after visiting the facility earlier this week.

Community Leaders Call for Independent Probe of Compton Shooting

Compton residents express anger while community leaders call for an outside investigation after LA County Sheriff's deputies fire 120 shots at an unarmed man following a pursuit.

Hahn, Villaraigosa Take Divergent Approaches to Tackling Crime

Crime is consistently rated as the issue that matters most to LA voters, but both mayoral candidates differ on how to deal with the problem.

Signature Gatherers Play Role in Fate of Initiatives

With a record number of ballot initiatives circulating in California, it's up to signature gatherers like Dave Leach to make sure they get the attention of the voters.

Los Angeles Schools Step Up Police Patrols Following Rumors of Racial Violence

The Los Angeles Unified School District beefs up police presence on its campuses following an email rumor about racial violence against black students on Cinco De Mayo.

CHP Urges Calm Amid Series of Freeway Shootings

CHP officials are downplaying the recent incidents of car-to-car shootings on Southern California freeways. Four people have been killed and four others wounded since March.

Mayoral Candidates Debate in Koreatown

Mayor Jim Hahn defends his record in Koreatown while challenger Antonio Villaraigosa promises to work for all groups in a debate sponsored by the Korean American Political Empowerment Movement.

Villaraigosa Has Large Lead Over Hahn in Mayoral Poll

Mayoral challenger Antonio Villaraigosa and Mayor Jim Hahn react to an LA Times poll of likely voters which shows Villaraigosa with 18 point lead over Hahn.