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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
The state’s most violent prison gang may be a bigger presence in county jails in the wake of California's effort to reduce its prison population.
After almost a decade in office, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens decided she will not be seeking reelection.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck would not say how many more teenage cadets may have been involved in the scandal. The civilian police commission orders a review.
The nine-member civilian panel overseeing the L.A. County Sheriff's Department seeks to answer a critical question: Which issues should it tackle to influence change?
Some members of the civilian panel feel they're spreading themselves thin by trying to focus on too many issues at once.
Law enforcement arrested a man and his son and seized more than 20 kilos of cocaine at the Highland Park home that served as a daycare center.
The legislation would end automatic lifetime registration for sex offenders, regardless of the seriousness of the crime. Many in law enforcement support it.
The shooting occurred in June 2016 during heightened patrols in South LA by the department's elite Metropolitan Division.
To fight opioid overdoses, L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell decides to equip deputies with a nasal spray that can halt overdoses.
The fee is a "barrier to justice," said one public defender. It isn't supposed to be charged if a person can't afford it, but it often is, according officials.
A confidential report says police used an airhorn and sirens to try to rouse a man and woman found unconscious in their car. It does not explain why police shot them.
Last year's fatal shooting of Kisha Michael, 31, and Marquintan Sandlin, 32, by Inglewood police sparked angry protests and questions about what exactly happened.
The shooting of Kisha Michael, 31, and Marqintan Sandlin, 32, in Inglewood sparked angry protests and left questions that remain unanswered.
The case involves a Lancaster couple shot as sheriff's deputies were looking for a parolee. The ruling makes it harder to sue when officers shoot the wrong person.
L.A. County sheriff's deputies opened fire on John Berry as he slowly backed his car towards them. The 31-year-old was unarmed and having a schizophrenic episode.