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 city attorney scheduling no new events in DA campaign

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is scheduling no new events in his campaign for district attorney after his mother was hospitalized.

DA: County official illegally lowered property values $172 million

The wide-ranging investigation into Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez took another turn Monday with the arrest of a former appraiser from his office.

Muslim advocacy group claims victory in LAPD reforms

The Muslim Public Affairs Council has announced that the LAPD’s anti-terrorism bureau has agreed to change the way it handles suspicious activity.

Gripping testimony as inquiry into jail violence continues

A former commander says deputies were often left unsupervised.

Members of LA gang clique Colombia Lil' Cycos convicted

The federal government scored another victory Friday in a high profile case against one of Southern California’s most violent gangs.

LA general manager to run for Los Angeles City Council

A win would make BongHwan Kim the city's first Asian-American councilman in 20 years. He is the general manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.

Obama reconnects with Hollywood, and its cash

Obama has had an on-again off-again affair with Hollywood, but a massive fundraiser at George Clooney's on Thursday hoped to change that.

LA Council to Occupy LA: No more tents in parks

The Los Angeles City Council is considering on Wednesday whether to ban the use of tents in city parks as they prepare to re-open City Hall Park.

Prominent South LA activist pastor dead at 52

The prominent clergy activist died last month after losing his battle with lung cancer. USC will be hosting a Saturday memorial for Williams.

204th St. gang member convicted in racially-charged Harbor Gate murder

A Los Angeles jury Thursday convicted a man of second-degree murder in a racially-motivated killing of a 14 year-old African American girl five years ago.

Historic 1992 Watts gang truce — bigger than the LA Riots?

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the L.A. riots, but the anniversary of a truce between black street gangs in Watts is getting much less media coverage.

In unusual twist in case, Councilman Alarcon arraigned on criminal complaint; pleads not guilty

Alarcon served on the city council in the 1990s and in the state Assembly and Senate.

DA refiles charges in Richard Alarcon case

Hours after a judge dismissed a criminal case against L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon, the DA's Office refiled its case.

Vying to be LA's top prosecutor

After avoiding his opponents for months, L.A. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich Wednesday attended a forum for candidates vying to succeed L.A. District Attorney Steve Cooley.

Group wants money for parks to be LA's priority

Park advocates say Angelenos will lose out on Recreation and Parks programs because the department has to pay too much for basic city services, like trash and power.