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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
The facility has become notorious lately for accusations of brutality, but the department insists it’s been looking at the idea for quite a while.
ACLU of Southern California says the state should not repeat what it called the state’s “mistake” of locking up so many non-violent, non-serious criminals over the past three decades.
Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich wants “Los Angeles Chief Prosecutor” to be his official job title on the ballot when he runs for district attorney.
A federal judge ruled on Friday to allow a lawsuit made by the ACLU Foundation of Southern California against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to proceed.
A big winner was Councilman Jose Huizar, who will now represent most of wealthy downtown.
The report is the first since two investigators were permanently assigned to the Probation Department in 2010 amid allegations of excessive use of force at juvenile halls and probation camps.
The commission voted 4-1 for a contentious proposal that would soften consequences for some unlicensed drivers who get their cars towed or impounded.
The union that represents rank-and-file LAPD officers is seeking to block Chief Charlie Beck’s more lenient car impound policy for unlicensed drivers.
The new map will be considered by the City Council next month, but it has already drawn fire from various groups, including activists and council members.
California's realignment seems to be going as planned, but the Legislative Analyst's Office cautions that counties lack systems to keep track of their progress.
Redistricting has landed the two incumbent Democrats in the same San Fernando Valley district, touching off one of the hottest Congressional races in the country.
Democratic California U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer endorsed Howard Berman Tuesday over fellow Democrat Brad Sherman as they fight over a new congressional district.
Complicating the race: Both are influential Jewish politicians whose constituencies overlap.
Newt Gingrich says he'll soon be the front-runner again, and that California may play a key role in the battle for the Republican nomination for president.
Philip Browning assumed the role of director of L.A. County's Department of Children and Family Services Tuesday. He'll be the 4th director in less than two years.