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’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.

Barney Frank enters Berman-Sherman fray

Congressman Barney Frank jumped into the fight between Democrats Congressmen Howard Berman and Brad Sherman in the San Fernando Valley.

Lacey, Jackson meet in first DA debate Tuesday night

The battle to become Los Angeles County's chief prosecutor enters a new phase Tuesday night inside the Ron Deaton Civil Auditorium adjacent to LAPD headquarters.

Experts say LA sheriff should relinquish control of jails

Two national jail experts told the Citizens Commission on Jail Violence Friday that someone other than the sheriff should run Los Angeles County lockups.

LA jail violence panel hears from experts, deputies' union

In early testimony, deputy association president Floyd Hayhurst said deputy morale at jails has declined as a result of new scrutiny of L.A. County lockups.

Inglewood police arrest man for 31 year old murder

Inglewood police have arrested a man for the murder of former City Councilman William Alberty, who was stabbed to death February 22, 1981.

Ex union leader faces indictment on embezzlement

Tyrone Freeman faces the possibility of federal prison time for allegedly diverting tens of thousands of dollars for personal use, including his Hawaii wedding.

Ballot measures win endorsements from Democrats

The party's endorsement list includes Gov. Brown's tax proposal and a measure that would which would ban labor unions from direct contribution to candidates.

Former Councilman Reyes faces sentencing for corruption

Former Lynwood City Councilman Arturo Reyes pleaded guilty to grand theft for using city credit cards for personal use.

Jail violence commission grills LA sheriff, undersheriff

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca faced sharp questioning from the Citizen’s Commission on Jail Violence Friday about inmate abuse by his deputies.