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

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.

Supervisors Grill Health Director on King/Drew

LA County Supervisors order County Health Director Dr. Thomas Garthwaite to take action following reports that medical lapses caused two more deaths at King/Drew Medical Center.

Mayoral Candidates Fight for African American Vote

Incumbent Jim Hahn and LA mayoral challenger Antonio Villaraigosa traded charges in a debate at the California African American Museum in Exposition Park.

Community Leaders Voice Opposition to Change in Police Immigration Policy

Leaders of LA's Central American community hold a news conference to protest the Los Angeles Police Department's plan to start enforcing federal immigration laws.

Thousands Turn Out to Pay Their Respect to Johnnie Cochran

Hollywood celebrities, civil rights activists and former clients gathered at the West Los Angeles Cathedral for the funeral of Johnnie Cochran. The defense attorney died March 29 at the age of 67.

Rampart Lawsuits Settled For $70 Million

Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo says his office has settled most of the lawsuits and claims filed by victims of the Rampart police corruption scandal.

Study Finds Racial Disparity in Availability of Healthy Food

Healthy food is harder to find in poor and mostly minority neighborhoods than in more affluent white neighborhoods, according to a study published in the American Journal of Health. USC Professor David Sloane participated in the report.

Police Wound Robbery Suspect in Moving Car Shooting

Just weeks after the LAPD approves a new policy on firing at moving vehicles, a 20-year-old robbery suspect is shot by officers after he backs a car toward them at the end of a pursuit. LAPD Sgt. Catherine Plows talks about the incident.