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

Seeking reelection, LA Sheriff says he's restored 'the shine to the badge'

Four years after taking over the scandal-plagued department, Jim McDonnell says he's turning things around. Others say he's fallen short on jail reform, transparency and recruiting.

Feds bust dozens of Mexican Mafia members

The U.S. Attorney in L.A. charges 83 people with running a drug ring in county jails maintained by kidnappings, assaults and murders.

LA Mayor: 'I understand fear' over Koreatown homeless shelter plan

Mayor Eric Garcetti leads a rally to marshal public support for his plan to build an emergency homeless shelter in Koreatown - and in each of the 14 other city council districts.

Here are the 3 finalists for LAPD chief and what happens next

The five-member civilian police commission has recommended three long-time veterans of the LAPD to be the department's next chief.

LA public defender badly needs more immigration lawyers, ACLU says

The ACLU notes that out of 700 public defenders, only two are immigration specialists. It calls for adding 15 more, given the Trump administration's aggressive immigration policies.

Excessive force verdict in Skid Row killing leads to $1.9M settlement

This was the first case in which officers' body cams captured the fatal shooting of a suspect. It sparked angry protests over how the LAPD treats the mentally ill on Skid Row.

Parents of teenager killed by LA Sheriff’s deputies sue

They allege excessive force. L.A. Sheriff's officials believe someone from a crowd that gathered after deputies killed 16-year-old Anthony Weber grabbed the gun the boy was allegedly carrying.

A tall order for LA Probation Department's new civilian oversight panel

The L.A. Board of Supervisors creates a commission that will have a staff and investigative power and will report to the board, rather than to the probation department.

Earlier search for Golden State Killer led to wrong man

Before they arrested Joseph DeAngelo, information from genetic websites led investigators to a 73-year-old resident of an Oregon nursing home.

How genealogical websites helped ID suspected Golden State Killer

Investigators compared DNA collected from a crime scene to online genetic profiles and found a match: a relative of Joseph James DeAngelo.

LAPD takes some credit for easing immigrants' fears of reporting crimes

Reports of sexual assault plummeted among Latinos in Trump's first months of office amid heightened rhetoric about mass deportations. The numbers are improving, the LAPD says, pointing to aggressive outreach.

2 former LA Sheriff's officials want Jim McDonnell's job

McDonnell skipped a Saturday forum, leaving the stage to retired Commander Bob Lindsey and retired Lt. Alex Villanueva.

10,000 people shouldn’t have guns in California — but it’ll take at least 4 years to get them back

The Department of Justice says it needs more money to beef up the team seizing weapons from people who are prohibited from owning them.

LA Sheriff ties $142M in overtime to 1,000 deputy vacancies

The vacancies and a budget deficit have forced the sheriff to postpone plans to equip nearly 6,000 deputies with body cameras, according to agency officials. Here's why there are so many unfilled positions.

Who's watching the police? The state of civilian oversight in Southern California

In California, relatively few law enforcement departments have civilian oversight. Where it is in place, nearly all are advisory.