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

LA Mayoral Challengers Hold First Debate

The first LA mayoral debate features some tense moments as LA Mayor Jim Hahn faces the four men who want his job.

So Cal Economy on the Upswing

At a conference sponsored by the Southern California Association of Governments, top economists discuss ways to improve the long-term outlook for the region.

Audit Accuses PR Firm of Bilking DWP

LA's City Controller Laura Chick has released an audit claiming public relations firm Fleishman-Hillard overbilled the Department of Water and Power by $4.2 million.

Hostage-Taker Shot Outside Mexican Consulate

Los Angeles police shoot an armed man outside the Mexican Consulate as he holds a pregnant woman hostage.

An Inside Look at Measure A

A cop on the beat, politicians and ordinary citizens give their viewpoints on the Los Angeles County measure.

Proposition 69 on the Nov. 2nd California Ballot

Proposition 69 would eventually require the collection of DNA from everyone arrested for a felony. Law enforcement praises it, civil libertarians oppose it

Finding a Place in Church for Black Gay Christians

Gay and lesbian African-American Christians from around the country gather in Los Angeles to talk about their status in society.

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.