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

Watchdog says 30-plus LA sheriff’s jailers disciplined in connection with inmate beatings

Los Angeles County’s Office of Independent Review Thursday added its voice to the growing chorus of concerns about inmate abuse at L.A. County jails. In a new report, Chief Attorney Michael Gennaco said sheriff’s officials have disciplined more than 30 jail employees for beating inmates or engaging in cover-ups over the past two years.

Obie Anthony released after 1995 murder conviction overturned

Obie Anthony walked out of Los Angeles County jail Tuesday night amid the cheers and tears of his family, friends and attorneys who worked to overturn his 1995 murder conviction. It was the first time he’d stepped freely in nearly two decades — since he was 19 years old.

LAPD chief warns of longer 911 response times under realignment

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck Monday said California isn’t providing enough money for the L.A. County Probation Department to supervise former state prison inmates under its realignment plan. Beck said that’s forcing him to reassign 150 officers.

Los Angeles man's murder conviction overturned

Attorneys for Obie Anthony say they expect him to be released from Los Angeles County jail Monday. On Friday, Superior Court Judge Kelvin Filer overturned Anthony’s 17-year-old murder conviction.

LA Dems worry over how to recover from embezzlement

Democratic Party officials on Friday asked California to ease campaign contribution rules as they try to recover from the alleged embezzlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

LA Sheriff Baca dismisses ACLU report on jail brutality

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca Wednesday dismissed a report by the American Civil Liberties Union that describes deputies regularly brutalizing inmates at downtown jails. He also brushed aside the ACLU’s call for his resignation.

LA County supervisors reject 2nd Latino district

After hearing six hours of sometimes racially charged testimony, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday decided against creating a second district with a majority of Latino voters. Latino civil rights activists indicated they would file a federal Voting Rights Act lawsuit in response, noting half the county’s population is now Latino but only one of the five supervisorial districts is majority Latino.

Sources: Probation department's Donald Blevins on his way out

Though the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors was in closed-door meetings today, several sources who refused to be named said the county Probation Department's chief, Donald Blevins, is being asked to step down.

LA city, county officials warn of traffic snarls as Obama visits

President Barack Obama will bring his re-election effort to the Southland today, hoping to tap into some deep Hollywood pockets to pad his campaign war chest. He lands at LAX a little before 5 p.m. Monday, after another fundraiser in San Diego, for two fundraisers in Los Angeles. Officials are warning of tough traffic around the visit.

Author Michael Connelly tells Stoltze: DNA evidence is a time machine

KPCC's law and order reporter Frank Stoltze talks with cold case LAPD detective Rick Jackson and crime novelist Michael Connelly.

Report finds increase in shootings of unarmed suspects by LA County deputies

The LA County Sheriff’s watchdog says inadequate training may have contributed to a sharp rise in so-called “state of mind” shootings – when a sheriff’s deputy mistakenly believes someone is armed. It often happens when a deputy confuses a cell phone or sunglasses for a gun.

SoCal nurses planning one-day strike at Kaiser

Thousands of nurses and other Kaiser Permanente employees plan to walk off their jobs tomorrow.

Judge sentences corrupt LA building inspector to 21 months in prison

A federal judge has sentenced a building inspector who took bribes to 21 months in prison. Corruption may run much deeper in L.A.'s Department of Building and Safety.

Calif. Republican Latinos urge party to show empathy toward illegal immigrants

Republicans at this weekend’s state GOP convention in Los Angeles wrestled with the question of how to attract more Latinos to the party. At times, it seemed like they were talking past each other about an issue that could determine the survival of the Grand Old Party in California.

Law enforcement gathers for conference

Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley Thursday urged local governments to spend more money on collecting DNA evidence.