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

Shooting suspect kills self, 2 others in SoCal Edison office attack

A shooting has been reported at an office building that houses Southern California Edison in Irwindale, leaving the alleged gunman dead. Two others were killed, with two additional people wounded and in the hospital, in stable condition. One of the two who were killed by the gunman died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

New battle over 3 Strikes law looms

The Three Strikes debate returns to California next year. Thursday, State Attorney General Kamala Harris issued the title and summary for a proposed ballot initiative designed to roll back the state's Three Strikes law – the toughest in the nation.

Ballot measure would relax California 3 Strikes law, which some say is draconian

This week, California Attorney General Kamala Harris is expected to issue the title and summary for the Three Strikes Reform Act of 2012. The initiative would require that a criminal’s third strike be serious or violent for him or her to receive a sentence of 25 years to life in prison, bringing California in line with other states. Backers will need to collect more than half a million signatures by April to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

Hollywood Freeway section dedicated to slain sheriff's deputy Juan Escalante

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca Tuesday dedicated a section of the Hollywood Freeway in honor of Deputy Juan Abel Escalante. Three years ago, a group of gang members confronted Escalante outside his Cypress Park home as he prepared to head to work at the downtown jail. Police say that when Escalante identified himself as a sheriff’s deputy and pulled his gun, they shot and killed him. He was 27.

Occupy LA Raid from inside the park - Frank Stoltze on a tents situation

Off-Ramp host John Rabe was kept out of the encampment after the LAPD raid started, but KPCC's Frank Stoltze was part of the media pool allowed to witness the arrests firsthand. John and Frank met across the street from City Hall Friday morning to recount what Frank saw.

Occupy LA sues: What are their chances?

Occupy LA supporters are asking a federal judge to bar the city from tearing down their tent city on the lawn near City Hall where they've been since Oct. 1. The city has until tomorrow to respond to a filing in L.A. Superior Court on which five protesters are named as plaintiffs. How likely is it they'll get their way?

Occupy LA eviction deadline passes, protesters remain

The deadline for Occupy L.A. protesters to evacuate their encampment at City Hall passed relatively peacefully Monday morning. As of 3 a.m., Los Angeles police had yet to forcibly evict protesters. There were no reports of arrests.

LA councilman proposes medical marijuana clinic ban

Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar Wednesday proposed an outright ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.

City officials say they will evict encampment next week

Negotiators for Occupy L.A. protesters said they were told by city officials today that they will have to move their City Hall encampment "sometime next week" and possibly as early as Monday. Deputy Mayor Matt Szabo has confirmed.

Responsible Banking Ordinance goes before LA City Council committee

The Los Angeles City Council’s budget committee Monday debated a proposed Responsible Banking Ordinance. The measure, with strong backing from Occupy L.A. protesters, seeks to compel the city to do business with socially responsible banks.

State prison inmates threaten to overwhelm LA County

Los Angeles County officials are struggling to deal with an influx of former state prison inmates to the county. Thousands of non-serious and non-violent criminals now fall under the supervision of the counties as part of California's plan to reduce its prison population. Some fear illegal activities are bound to spring up in its wake.

Frank Stoltze talks pot and heroin at Drug Policy Reform Conference

These are the questions asked at the 2011 Drug Policy Reform Conference held in downtown LA recently: will California, Washington State or Colorado vote to legalize marijuana in 2012? What are the solutions to the national overdose crisis that takes more lives than car accidents or gun violence? Why do blacks go to jail for drugs at 13 times the rate of whites even though they use and sell drugs at similar rates? KPCC's Frank Stoltze toured the conference and met a mom with two sons addicted to heroin, a Montanan fighting his state's lawmakers, and a cannabis journalist whom he asks, "Do we know if Jesus smoked pot?"

Commission examining LA County jail violence convenes

The Citizen's Commission tasked with examining violence inside L.A. County jails held its first meeting today and selected former federal judge Lourdes Baird as chair.

300,000 LA children live in gangland

Crime rates in Los Angeles may be at historic lows, but 300,000 children still live in so-called "hot zones of gang violence," according to a new report released Thursday by The Advancement Project and Violence Prevention Coalition, a nonprofit group that focuses on civil rights and public policy in Los Angeles. The new report breaks down the city by zip code and examines which neighborhoods are safest.

Realignment sends more inmates to already crowded LA County jails

Los Angeles County supervisors are scheduled to hear an update Tuesday on how prison realignment is affecting L.A. County jails. One report suggested the influx of new inmates will force more early releases.