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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
Supporters of incumbent Jim Hahn were anxious as they awaited the results of the LA mayoral primary. Early returns showed Hahn with a comfortable lead over former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg.
Mayor Jim Hahn faces four key challengers in his battle for re-election to a second term. Hahn is in danger of being the first LA mayor to be voted out of office in 30 years.
Following an LA mayoral debate, the candidates react to the new LA Times poll.
The latest record storm to hit Southern California is making already saturated hillsides more unstable. In Silver Lake, a mudslide over the weekend brought down a house and forced evacuations.
Los Angeles Police Commission members came to an impasse over the wording of a new policy which would limit when officers can fire at moving vehicles.
The officer-involved shooting of 13-year old Devin Brown has produced an array of reactions from African Americans in Leimert Park.
The LA County Council voted against putting a measure on the May ballot that would hike the city's sales tax by a half cent to fund more police officers.
About 75 residents and community leaders voiced their anger at a meeting of the LA Police Commission over the officer-involved shooting of 13-year old Devin Brown.
The LA County District Attorney's office has decided to not pursue charges against John Hatfield, the Los Angeles police officer who was videotaped hitting a black suspect with a flashlight.
A new sonar system will help the Coast Guard prevent the possibility of terrorists hiding underwater.
Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo says an injunction will target three of South LA's most notorious gangs.
Workers at the nearby Atwater Village Costco store were the first to notify authorities of the deadly train derailment in which 11 people were killed.
Eleven people die and 180 are injured in a train crash involving two Metrolink commuter trains and an idle freight locomotive. Police arrest a man who allegedly left his SUV on the tracks in an aborted suicide attempt.
The FBI, LAPD, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and other agencies have formed a task force in Southern California to fight the growing problem of human trafficking.
Firefighters respond to mudslides, flooding, traffic accidents, and other emergencies caused by the recent storms.