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

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.

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.

LAPD cops reflect on the lessons of the '92 Riots

For two LA officers, the anniversary of the 1992 Riots offers a chance to reflect on how the department has changed.

Putting deficit aside, Villaraigosa wants tax cash for transit

Extending Measure R, which would pay for more transit, would fit nicely into any bid Villaraigosa makes to become transportation secretary.

Villaraigosa calls for more transit funds

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa call for a permanent half-cent sales tax to jumpstart construction on transit projects throughout the city.

LA jails panel hears more stories of deputy abuse

More instances of abuse have come forward, including one from a man who isn't an inmate. The panel is expected to issue a report on deputy violence in September.

City controller says LA Coliseum's finances 'appalling'

Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel said Thursday she’s uncovered more fraud at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, saying it has a "dysfunctional culture."