Frank Stoltze


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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

Bratton Faces Angry Questions from Homeless

LAPD Chief William Bratton fields tough questions from homeless people at a forum near downtown LA.

Voter Registration on Skid Row

Community activists hit LA's skid row to sign up the homeless to vote.

Raids on Graffiti Taggers

LA County law enforcement agencies have been raiding dozens of homes of convicted graffiti taggers as part of a crackdown on the practice.

The Security Risks of Drivers Licenses for Illegal Immigrants

Governor Schwarzenegger is expected to veto the bill letting illegal immigrants get a driver's license, citing a security risk. But some in law enforcement think, if anything, such a move would enhance security.

Elizabeth Edwards Visits Southern California

Elizabeth Edwards, wife of Democratic Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards, visits with military families in Burbank.

Assessing LA's Latest Anti-Gang Injunction

A visit to the Alameda Swap Meet, in the heart of the turf of the 38th Street Gang, the latest gang hit with a court-ordered injunction.

75th Anniversary of the CHP

On the occasion of the California Highway Patrol's 75th anniversary, we ride along with a CHP officer patrolling LA's freeways.

Standardized Test Scores Flatten Out or Decrease

After steady improvement in recent years, statewide standardized test scores in English and Math have flattened out or declined.

Boxer-Jones Senatorial Debate

A report on the debate between incumbent Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer and her challenger, Republican Bill Jones.

A Murder During The Day, A Call For Peace That Night

A march to "take back the streets" from street thugs in Boyle Heights turns somber at the spot where a drive-by murder happened hours before.

Manufactured Mayhem at LA, Long Beach Ports

How would the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach handle a terrorist attack? They've planned a "dirty bomb" drill to find out.

Prison Review Panel Issues Call for Reforms

Joe Gunn, executive director of Governor Schwarzenegger's Independent Prison Review Panel, discusses the commission's more than 200 recommendations for changes in the system.

The LA County Jail's Woes

An ACLU lawyer discusses the various problems afflicting the LA County's Men's Central Jail.

Bill Bratton sworn in as LA's 54th chief of police

Pinned on Bill Bratton is not only the badge of the LA's 54th chief of police, but also the hopes of millions, anxious for a department-wide turnaround: one that will produce Hurculean repercussions across the city. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.