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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
State residents were asked if racial profiling and excessive use of force by police are significant problems in the U.S. and in California.
Family members of David Coborubio say he was unarmed when he was shot by agents who stormed the home with a warrant for a neighbor.
The LAPD wants to hire liaisons as a comforting resource for the families of people shot by police. Despite the program's limits, one grieving mom supports the idea.
The man was shot after coming into contact with officers, but it's unclear what prompted the shooting. Police say Marcelo Luna was carrying a "bayonet-like" object.
A motorcycle officer with the Los Angeles Police Department shot and killed a man during a traffic stop in South L.A. Tuesday afternoon, according to a department spokesman.
The call from Mark Ridley Thomas comes one week after the sheriff's department admitted a deputy killed an innocent black man in Compton.
Leroy "Lee" Baca pleaded not guilty Friday to charges he tried to thwart a federal investigation into brutality inside county jails.
The L.A. County Sheriff's Department now says an unarmed black man killed by deputies in Compton last month was not involved in a carjacking.
The L.A. County Sheriff's Department has changed its policy to essentially ban sheriff's deputies from shooting at moving vehicles, unless another threat is present.
The charges include conspiring to obstruct justice and obstructing justice in connection with his department’s efforts to block a federal investigation into the jails.
Ezell Ford's family says justice has stalled two years after the 25-year-old's death. Meanwhile, the LAPD officers who shot Ford say they're in limbo, too.
Lee Baca opted to take his chances at trial rather than allow a federal judge to sentence him to up to five years in prison for lying to federal agents.
Amid a national debate about police shootings, a fatal shooting in Watts Monday night is drawing criticism and praise of L.A. police in a high-crime neighborhood.
After a spike in the murder rate earlier in the year, the LAPD set up a special operation to police South LA. Those officers will remain at least through summer.
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a $10.1 million payout to a Lynwood man who spent 20 years behind bars for a murder he did not commit.