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

Community Has Mixed Feelings About Shooting of Black Teenager

The officer-involved shooting of 13-year old Devin Brown has produced an array of reactions from African Americans in Leimert Park.

City Council Gives Thumbs Down To Police Tax

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.

Community Confronts Police Commission on Shooting of Black Teenager

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.

Officer in Stanley Miller Arrest Won't Face Charges

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.

Coast Guard Unveils New Port Security Device

A new sonar system will help the Coast Guard prevent the possibility of terrorists hiding underwater.

LA's City Attorney Wins Injunction Against Violent Gangs

Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo says an injunction will target three of South LA's most notorious gangs.

Authorities Release Tapes of Train Wreck 911 Call

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.

11 Killed in Glendale Train Wreck

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.

Local, State Agencies Form Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking

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.

Record-Breaking Storms Keep Firefighters Busy

Firefighters respond to mudslides, flooding, traffic accidents, and other emergencies caused by the recent storms.

Grief Envelops Southern California Thai Community Following the Devastating Tsunami

There are over 30,000 Thai immigrants living in Southern California. The community is keeping a close watch on the relief efforts in south Asia following the deadly tsunami.

Local Peace Delegation Delivers Humanitarian Aid To Iraq

Members of Code Pink, a women's peace group, join a delegation traveling to the Mideast. The group will donate medical supplies to Iraqi refugees.

LA Mayoral Candidates Take on The Environment

The five candidates for Los Angeles mayor mix it up over environmental issues in the second debate.

LA Mayor Speaks to Valley Secessionists

Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn, an opponent of San Fernando Valley secession, attends the monthly meeting of Valley Vote, a pro-Valley secession group.

ACLU Challenges the Three Strikes Law

The American Civil Liberties Union says a 225-year prison sentence for a man convicted of a string of burglaries is cruel and unusual punishment. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will rule on the matter in three to six months.