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

5 big numbers you should know from LA’s cash bail system

A UCLA study shows defendants and their families paid out nearly $200 million in non-refundable fees to bail agents over a five year period to get out of jail.

Police identify Penny Pincher Bandit as man in North Hollywood shooting

Undercover officers were on a stakeout investigating a series of robberies in the San Fernando Valley when they encountered the 37-year old suspect.

LA Sheriff's antiquated computer system hinders data collection

The department has fallen so far behind technologically that its communications center uses a 1980s-era analog radio dispatch system. A watchdog says a lack of data leads to bad policies.

A new approach to helping foster kids in trouble with the law

Loyola Law School will launch a $1 million program to help 300 children caught in the juvenile justice system.

LA County approves $15 million wrongful conviction payout

Frank O'Connell spent 27 years in prison for a murder he says he didn't commit. A judge freed him in 2012 because of improper conduct by sheriff's detectives.

LA Sheriff's body cam plan draws mixed reviews

Two community groups say the money for body cams could be better spent on other priorities. The ACLU supports using the cameras, under certain conditions.

Jury awards $5.5M to parents of man tased multiple times by LAPD

Michael Mears was 39 and a Marine veteran. He suffered cardiac arrest and died two days after one officer stunned him six times with a Taser and others beat him.

30,000 California prison inmates could be safely released, says report

The report by a leading criminal justice reform group says despite great strides in reducing the inmate population, California can do much more.

Jury says Anaheim officer improperly used deadly force

A federal jury says an Anaheim police officer used excessive force in shooting an unarmed gang member in 2012 — a death that sparked angry protests.

LA Sheriff still hasn't complied with a federal law on prison rape

Five years later, the law to prevent sexual assaults in jails hasn't yet been fully implemented. Sheriff's officials say they're working as fast as they can.

Police Commission OKs LAPD 1-year drone pilot program

SWAT will use the unarmed drone to track active shooters, armed barricaded suspects and hazardous materials, and in search-and-rescue operations, among other things.

LA Sheriff wants forensic specialists to analyze body cam video

Sheriff Jim McDonnell wants to hire 32 forensic video specialists as part of his $55 million-a-year proposal to equip nearly 6,000 deputies with body cams.

First police shooting video released under OC's new policy

Under the new policy, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas will release police shooting video that isn't subject to any legal restrictions or is irrelevant to the event.

Immigrant rights activists slam LA sheriff over ICE cooperation

L.A. County's inspector general finds that Sheriff Jim McDonnell failed to reveal the extent to which his department cooperates with federal immigration agents.

Santa Ana high schooler wounded in Vegas recounts terror

Imagine your big sister buying you tickets to go hear your favorite country music stars in Las Vegas. Imagine the two of you getting split up as someone starts shooting.