Frank Stoltze

Correspondent

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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

VA seeks to help homeless veterans in Los Angeles

The debate rages over how well the federal Department of Veterans Affairs helps the more than 8,000 homeless men and women living on the streets of Los Angeles. Earlier this year, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the VA. It accused the agency of failing to provide adequate help to homeless vets at its sprawling 400-acre West L.A. campus.

Colleagues, friends remember Latino political scholar Harry Pachon

Harry Pachon was a key figure in Southland Latino political circles. He died on Friday at the age of 66.

DA clears Long Beach officers in killing of unarmed man

Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley on Thursday cleared two Long Beach Police officers who shot and killed a man holding a garden hose nozzle last December. Cooley's office called it a "tragic mistake."

LA County Supervisors grill Sheriff Baca on jail violence reforms

Frustrated by the pace of jail reforms, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday quizzed Sheriff Lee Baca on his plans to stop inmate abuse at Men’s Central Jail. At times, Baca struggled to answer supervisors' inquiries about how he intends to better supervise his deputies.

Authorities break up Coachella Valley Occupy camp; Occupy LA prepares for potential police raid

Authorities have broken up an anti-Wall Street encampment in the Inland Empire. More than half a dozen members of Occupy Coachella Valley were taken into custody early Tuesday morning after defying orders to leave a public park in Palm Desert. At Occupy L.A., protesters prepare for a potential police raid.

Sheriff Baca faces LA County Board of Supervisors on jail violence

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is scheduled to appear before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to discuss violence inside Men's Central Jail and other county lockups. The FBI has launched an investigation into dozens of allegations of inmate abuse by sheriff’s deputies. The board, in response, has created a Commission on Jail Violence.

ACLU sues LA sheriff's deputies for detaining photographers

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Thursday accused Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies of unlawfully detaining and searching photographers under the guise of looking for terrorists

Audit: First 5 Commission sitting on $1 billion intended for kids

An audit of Los Angeles County’s First 5 Commission finds that the agency failed to spend almost a billion dollars set aside for children’s health and education programs.

Occupy LA may be asked to move

After saying last week that Occupy L.A. protesters could remain at their City Hall encampment "for now," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa instructed his staff to find a place for the protesters to relocate and come up with a plan for limiting the protest's time on City Hall's lawn.

LA County Supervisors approve Newhall Ranch project despite environmental objections

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday gave final approval to the first phase of the massive Newhall Ranch project near Santa Clarita. The vote came after 15 years of litigation and investor changes.

Downey police may have shot, killed wrong man; family outraged

Downey police have admitted that a man who was shot to death Saturday night while an armed robbery investigation was underway may have been the wrong man. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney's Office have opened investigations.

Obama comes to Southern California seeking Latino support

President Barack Obama is back in Los Angeles Monday raising money for his re-election campaign — and shoring up support among Latinos.

For some veterans, trauma goes beyond the battlefield

For veterans returning home, it's hard enough to live with what took place on the battlefield. But what about what happens at the bases? KPCC's Frank Stoltze hosted a panel inside our own Crawford Family Forum to examine those exact same questions and many more issues that veterans face.

Villaraigosa: Occupy LA can stay 'for now'

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday refused to issue an open-ended invitation to Occupy LA protestors camped on City Hall’s lawn.

Update: LA County jails to get oversight committee

Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca did not show up for a key vote by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to create a citizen’s jail commission. The new panel is charged with examining allegations of widespread inmate abuse by Baca’s jail deputies, especially those who work at Men’s Central Jail downtown.