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 City Council rejects big payout to gang member shot by LAPD

The Los Angeles City Council has rejected a multimillion dollar settlement with a man who was shot and paralyzed by LAPD officers.

More LA riots? Survey says no

It's been two decades after the L.A. riots, and a new survey shows Angelenos are more optimistic about their city.

Report: LA should close Men's Central, lock up fewer people

L.A. County doesn’t need to lock up so many people, a nationally-renowned jail expert suggests in a new report. It also calls for closing Men’s Central Jail.

Dodgers home opener: a Brian Stow update

Giants fan Bryan Stow will never play catch again, after being beaten severely while leaving a Dodgers game.

4 candidates show significant support in LA mayoral race

The only thing you can definitively say at this point about the race to succeed Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is that any one of four people can win it.

Beck talks Twitter parties, crime

The newest menace troubling law enforcement? Twitter parties.

LA County Sheriff Lee Baca: An intellectual under fire

Maybe the most powerful elected official in SoCal, Baca remembers his childhood and discusses his work as others reflect on the highly scrutinized intellectual's continuing legacy.

Poll: CA voters like Brown's tax proposal

The poll indicates nearly two-thirds of voters support Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax proposals.

LAPD investigation finds one of its own guilty of racial profiling

A 15-year LAPD veteran was found to be targeting Latino drivers for traffic stops, an internal investigation showed.

LA Sheriff's officials update supervisors on jail reforms

In an update scheduled for Tuesday, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors once again take up reforms inside the county's troubled jail system.

Mayor intervenes in LAFD problems

Facing a growing crisis of confidence at LAFD, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has appointed a stats expert to help.

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.