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

SoCal delegates mix politics and pleasure at the beach

There's plenty of business going on at the Republican Convention. But a few delegates from Southern California know that sand and surf make it all easier to handle.

Live Blog: Ann Romney from the RNC in Tampa

KPCC's Frank Stoltze is liveblogging the Republican National Convention activities tonight. Follow this liveblog for more.

A GOP rising star from Lodi gets his moment at RNC

Ricky Gill, a Congressional candidate from the San Joaquin Valley, is considered a rising star in a California Republican Party desperately in need of one.

Ann Romney has a special appeal for Republican women

An Orange County delegate believes Ann Romney — who speaks Tuesday night — is the best person to carry the Republican message to women.

Former governor Pete Wilson leads CA delegation in Tampa

Former Governor Pete Wilson, chairman of the California delegation at the GOP convention, says he's not to blame for the state party's problems with Latinos.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie never disappoints

On a Hollywood campaign stop two years, Chris Christie confronted a heckler. He was twice the man’s size — at least in width — and the man quickly quieted down.

New Jersey Gov. Christie tells California GOP 'there is hope'

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sought to inspire California Republicans Monday at the Republican National Convention, telling them "There is hope."

Storm doesn't deter CA Republicans, or a quake survivor

Saturday night, the CA delegation to the Republican National Convention partied on St. Pete Beach as Tropical Storm Isaac rolled in.

Lacey lands labor backing in LA County DA race

The biggest conglomeration of labor unions in Los Angeles County Tuesday announced its endorsement of Jackie Lacey to be L.A.’s top criminal prosecutor.

LA’s attempt to ban pot shops takes a hit

The Patient Care Alliance, which represents 300 pot shops, is suing the city to stop the ban that's due to take effect on Sept. 6.

LA moves to shut down hundreds of pot shops

A letter from Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich to L.A.'s hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries is in the mail.

Los Angeles considers sending jail inmates to Kern County

The County Board of Supervisors Tuesday considers a plan that would allow Sheriff Lee Baca to send some prisoners to a lockup in the city of Taft, near Bakersfield.

California GOP vs. National GOP: 2 different elephants

At this weekend’s California Republican Party convention, tight purse strings, unknown candidates and problems with the Latino voting bloc colored the proceedings.

Paul Ryan fires up California Republicans

California Republicans are thrilled with Mitt Romney's choice for running mate, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, calling him a "young, vibrant pick."

DA candidates Lacey and Jackson clash in first debate

Los Angeles County District Attorney candidates Jackie Lacey and Alan Jackson questioned each others' truthfulness in a testy first debate Tuesday night.