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

LA jury convicts man in triple murder of mother, son, nanny

It took Los Angeles police detectives six years to track down Robin Kyu Cho as the killer. As it turned out, they didn’t have to go far.

Informant leads FBI to arrest mayor, 2 others in Cudahy

A confidential informant told FBI officials that three Cudahy city officials were seeking bribes in exchange for their support of a medical marijuana dispensary.

In non-partisan DA battle, partisans take sides anyway

The race for Los Angeles district attorney is officially non-partisan, but there is a Democrat and a Republican in the run-off, and the parties are weighing in anyway.

As LA considers pot shop ban, raids continue

Sixty-five pounds of marijuana on display at the station prompted L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine to reiterate his critical stance on pot dispensaries.

Rodney King was an unlikely ‘centerpiece in history’

It was easy to mock Rodney King, the famous alcoholic police beating victim who almost childishly asked during the 1992 L.A. Riots “Can we all get along?”

Villaraigosa vows to place pension reforms on ballot

L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa is vowing to place his pension reform proposals on next spring's municipal ballot, if the City Council refuses to approve them.

Charges against John Bryson 'unlikely' pending final tests

Sheriff's officials are awaiting the results of a blood test to determine whether Commerce Secretary John Bryson was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Bryson on medical leave after San Gabriel accidents

The Obama administration announced tonight that Commerce Secretary John Bryson will go on medical leave following his involvement series of car accidents in the San Gabriel Valley over the weekend.

CHP officers take furlough days for the 1st time

California Highway Patrol officers for the first time will take unpaid furlough days because of the growing state budget deficit.

Why Carmen Trutanich lost his bid for LA district attorney

How did the city attorney with the best name recognition, the most money and the most TV commercials end up losing?

Prop 28 passes, Lacey leads in LA County DA race

Early ballot returns had both Propositions 28 and 29 passing today, while the chief deputy district attorney was leading in mail-in results for the district attorney's race.

Voters head to the polls: A quick rundown of the races

To be determined: Two statewide propositions and a number of Southland races, including L.A. County DA.

Judge sentences brothers in LA housing authority fraud

A federal judge in Los Angeles sentenced two brothers to prison on Monday for conspiring to steal from the city’s public housing authority.

Trutanich leads crowded field for LA district attorney

The L.A. County district attorney is an enormously important position in the criminal justice system: The office prosecutes 60,000 murders, rapes, public corruption and other felonies a year. That person also has influence over statewide crime policies. A candidate must garner more than half the vote Tuesday to avoid a November run-off. Analysts have said a run-off is likely.

Berman, Sherman and the subtleties that make a hot political race

The two Democrats were redistricted into the same San Fernando Valley district by a commission that was hoping to create a new Latino district. But the result is one of the hottest political races in the country.