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

Under Villanueva, LA Sheriff's Department ending far more ongoing internal misconduct probes

The L.A. County inspector general issued a report citing a "sharp increase" in the number of ongoing administrative misconduct investigations cut short by Sheriff's Department officials in January and February.

Sheriff Villanueva revives station logo his predecessor had banned

Three years ago, L.A. Sheriff Jim McDonnell banned a logo used by the department's East L.A. station because he felt it was disrespectful to the community. New Sheriff Alex Villanueva has revived the logo and it's once again displayed prominently at the station.

Seven LA Sheriff's deputies claim they were harassed, attacked by colleagues

This story aired on Friday, March 8, 2019.

LA Supes to escalate legal fight with Sheriff over his discipline policies

This story aired on Monday, March 11, 2019.

Villanueva rehires two more deputies fired by Sheriff McDonnell

This story aired on April 4, 2019.

Suspect in killing of Nipsey Hussle is arrested

This story aired on April 2, 2019.

Stormy Daniels' LA lawyer indicted on extortion and fraud charges

This story aired on Monday, March 25.

Villanueva rehires two more fired deputies

L.A. Sheriff Alex Villanueva has hired two more deputies who had been fired by former Sheriff Jim McDonnell. One, Michael Courtial, had been fired for using unreasonable force and failing to de-escalate a situation.

Sheriff Villanueva clashes with oversight panel over deputy cliques

This story aired on Tuesday, March 26.

Oversight Commission says LA sheriff has 'turned back the clock on reforms'

This story aired on Friday, March 22.

LA County Supervisors want to see if sheriff's 'truth panel' is legal

This story aired on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

LA City Council committe postpones decision on makeup of all-civilian discipline panels

This story aired on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

Suspect arrested in Nipsey Hussle murder

On Tuesday, April 2, law enforcement arrested 29-year-old Eric Holder, the suspect in the murder of rapper Nipsey Hussle.

Rehired deputy Mandoyan has the tatoo of 'Grim Reapers' clique

Civil Service Commission records revealed that Mandoyan acknowledged having the tatoo, which marks members of a clique at the South L.A. sheriff's station where he once served. The Grim Reapers is one of a number of deputy cliques, some of which have engaged in violence.

Gang experts talk of Nipsy Hussle's impact on his community

Two gang experts talk about the positive impact murdered rapper Nipsy Hussle had on his South Los Angeles neighborhood.