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

LAPD detective arrested for stealing money during drug bust

A Los Angeles police detective was arrested today for allegedly stealing money from a drug bust, according to department officials.

Brown pushes higher taxes to LA Chamber of Commerce

Gov. Jerry Brown plans to take his case for higher taxes to the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday night, hoping to garner support.

LA City Council members outraged over proposed redistricting

The battle for political power in L.A. has taken a new turn with the release of new City Council district boundaries. Already there are claims of backroom deals.

Greuel: LA failed to apply for grants, meet deadlines

The city may have lost out on tens of millions of dollars in federal stimulus money because officials did not apply for grants or did not meet federal deadlines.

Candidate Beutner says LA needs businessman like him for mayor

The election is more than a year away, but investment banker and L.A. candidate for mayor Austin Beutner is talking up his plan for creating jobs and reviving the economy.

ACLU alleges 'sadistic deputy attacks' on inmates

A federal civil rights lawsuit accuses Sheriff Lee Baca of failing to stop a pervasive culture of abuse inside L.A. County jails.

LAPD sergeant wins council seat

Joe Buscaino, a San Pedro native beat State Assemblyman Warren Furutani.

New vs. known in the 15th District

The City Council's 15th district race, which voters will decide on Tuesday, pits politico Warren Furutani against upstart former LAPD sergeant Joe Buscaino.

Beck, mayor: LA youth programs help reduce gang crime by 15 percent

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief Charlie Beck say the city’s youth programs helped reduce gang-related crimes by 15 percent last year.

Sheriff Baca, Supervisor Molina clash over reforms to Men's Central Jail

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and Supervisor Gloria Molina clashed Tuesday over jail reforms.

LA arson suspect's mom tells court Nazis responsible for fires

The mother of a German man suspected in more than 50 arson fires throughout Los Angeles over New Year's weekend made a second appearance in court Friday. Dorothee Burkhart was detained the day before the fires started last week, held on a provisional arrest warrant from Germany.

LA arson suspect makes wobbly appearance in court after being charged with 37 felony counts

The man suspected of setting more than 50 fires in the Los Angeles area appeared wobbly in a hearing at Los Angeles County Superior Court Wednesday afternoon. Harry Burkhart, 24, has been charged with 37 felony counts of arson. His arraignment was postponed to Jan. 24. Bail is now set at $2.85 million.

Joe Torre takes a swing at Dodgers ownership, walks from MLB post

Joe Torre has resigned from his executive vice president post with Major League Baseball to pursue ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a Rick Caruso-led group that will be going to bat to bid on the team.

German fugitive mother of LA arson suspect tells judge her son might have been taken by Nazis

The mother of Harry Burkhart — the suspect in more than 50 Los Angeles arson fires — told a federal judge Tuesday that her son is mentally ill and suggested he might have been taken by the Nazis.

Judge grants class-action status to lawsuit for mentally-ill immigrants

A federal judge in Los Angeles has granted class action status in a lawsuit involving mentally-ill immigrants who face deportation.