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

LAPD releases first body cam video under new policy

The policy requires the release of footage in critical incidents within 45 days. The video released Wednesday is an edited version of a fatal incident in South L.A. It shows officers subduing a suspect who had been holding a metal pipe.

LA Supes set to vote on new jail for mentally ill inmates

On Tuesday the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider a $2.2 billion plan to build a new jail in downtown that will replace the aging Men's Central Jail. The new facility would specialize in treating mentally ill inmates.

LA Supes vote to move ahead with new jail for mentally ill inmates

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to move ahead with a $2.2 billion plan to demolish Men's Central Jail in downtown L.A. and replace it with a 3,800-bed facility that will specialize in treating inmates with mental health problems.

Little-known retired sheriff's lieutenant forces LA sheriff into a runoff

Alex Villanueva retired earlier this year after serving in the sheriff's department for more than 30 years. Sheriff Jim McDonnell outraised him nearly 22 to one, but Villanueava parlayed his $27,000 war chest into a second-place finish in Tuesday's election with 33 percent of the vote.

Michel Moore says raising morale would be a high priority as chief

The day after Mayor Eric Garcetti selected him to be the next LAPD chief, Moore says boosting morale among the rank-and-file will be one of his top priorities if the city council confirms his appointment.

New LAPD Chief Michel Moore: background, bio, and reax

After being a finalist for LAPD chief in 2009 only to see the job go to Charlie Beck, Michel Moore has been selected to succeed Beck by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Michel Moore appointed LAPD chief to replace Charlie Beck

The 37-year veteran of the force has held nearly every top job at the department, from running its counter-terrorism bureau to overseeing records management.

Meet the two men who want to replace LA Sheriff Jim McDonnell

Here's a rundown of the positions of retired Sheriff's Cmdr. Bob Lindsey and retired Sheriff's Lt. Alex Villanueva, both of whom say McDonnell has failed on numerous fronts.

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.