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 County sheriff considers closing Men's Central Jail wing

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.

Prison realignment puts California at 'crossroads'

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.

LA City Attorney Trutanich sparks fight over ballot job title

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.

Fed judge rules that ACLU lawsuit against VA may proceed

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.

LA's new political boundaries pass city council muster

A big winner was Councilman Jose Huizar, who will now represent most of wealthy downtown.

'Great challenges' face LA's probation department, report says

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.

LAPD panel approves Beck's more lenient impound policy

The commission voted 4-1 for a contentious proposal that would soften consequences for some unlicensed drivers who get their cars towed or impounded.

LAPD police union challenges Chief Beck's impound policy

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.

LA district map approval tees up next political battle

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.

Realignment mostly going as planned, but more tracking needed

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.

Congressmen Berman and Sherman clash in Tarzana debate

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.

Boxer drops neutrality, endorses Berman over fellow Dem

Democratic California U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer endorsed Howard Berman Tuesday over fellow Democrat Brad Sherman as they fight over a new congressional district.

Berman vs. Sherman: Another clash in hottest race for Congress

Complicating the race: Both are influential Jewish politicians whose constituencies overlap.

Can Gingrich make it to California?

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.

LA's troubled child welfare agency gets new director

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.