Frank Stoltze

Correspondent

Contact Frank Stoltze

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

DA candidates agree to go after pot shops

“It's my position that over-the-counter sales for money of marijuana are illegal,” Lacey said. “Those folks are simple drug dealers,” Jackson said.

Mayor: Any AEG buyer will honor Farmers Field terms

Villaraigosa says AEG owner has assured him a buyer will be found for the company who will agree to the terms negotiated with the city for proposed football stadium.

Take your pick: 2 debates offer taste of LA politics

Two debates Wednesday night offer the politically interested a chance to find out more about the candidates for mayor and the new district attorney.

More cartel-related arrests in Southern California

Two men arraigned in Riverside on drug and gun charges are suspected of involvement with a Mexican drug cartel based in Michoacan

Romney courts Latino business leaders in LA

The Republican nominee makes his case to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Meanwhile, protestors and local Democratic politicians provide a counterpoint

Mitt Romney in LA to appeal to Latino business leaders

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is in Los Angeles to speak to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Convention.

Beleaguered Sheriff Baca defends jail management

Under fire for violence inside Los Angeles County jails, Sheriff Lee Baca wrote in a newspaper op-ed Friday that he’s launched a series of measures to curb excessive use of force by deputies.

Approval process for stadium continues despite lawsuit

After a 10-hour meeting Thursday that included nearly 100 speakers, the city's Planning Commission approved the plan for Farmers Field, but a pending lawsuit still threatens the project

LA NFL Stadium faces big hearing as critics warn of traffic

Traffic congestion remains a major concern, as the L.A. City Planning Commission considers the environmental impact report on AEG’s proposed downtown football stadium.

Thousands of parolees become local officials' responsibility

California's criminal justice system is seeking to comply with a federal court order to reduce the prison population, but ex-offenders need help leaving the criminal life.

LA County ground zero for prison realignment

30,000 inmates are expected to fall under the supervision of local authorities as part of California’s prison realignment plan, but police worry about rising crime rates.

The political convention's version of pop music

What becomes of the balloons when all of the speechifying and celebrating ends at a political convention? Listen here and find out.

Mitt and more live blog from Tampa

Bye Bye. Thanks for checking us out. See you on the radio.

Key Romney advisor is from the San Gabriel Valley

Lanhee Chen is campaign policy director for the GOP presidential candidate and he's been named one of the nation's "Top 50" politicos to watch.

Some California GOP delegates blocked from Ryan's speech

Because of overcrowding, a fire marshal prevented a few people from getting to their seats, but the VP candidate managed to impress anyway