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

Brown signs Dream Act, opening private aid to undocumented students

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will let college students who entered the country illegally receive private financial aid.

Mitt Romney visits North Hollywood as Rick Perry hits Century City

Boarded-up shops and a nearly empty parking lot provided the backdrop for former Masschusetts' Gov. Mitt Romney’s visit today to a struggling shopping center near the intersection of Victory and Laurel Canyon boulevards.

AEG releases report on downtown LA stadium's economic potential

Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) continued its campaign to build an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday by releasing a study that promotes its economic potential.

Romney, Perry in California seeking Republican support

Leading GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney is in Southern California Wednesday, but the man many Republicans hope will be their nominee may overshadow him.

New vouchers on the way for homeless vets in LA, but are they enough?

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced Tuesday that it’s providing more than 400 housing vouchers for homeless veterans in the Los Angeles area – far too few, critics countered, to cover the need.

Baca backs off prison realignment plan

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is retreating from his novel proposal to assign deputies to supervise state parolees who are released under California’s new realignment plan. Some suggest the sheriff may be reading the political writing on the wall.

New law adds gay history to California curriculums

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday making California the first state in the country to add lessons about gays and lesbians to social studies classes in public schools.

Nearly 100 arrested in 'staggering' blow to Mexican Mafia, authorities say

Federal authorities said they've dealt a "critical blow" to the Mexican Mafia's operation in Orange County on Wednesday.  

Baca's plan to monitor ex-prisoners faces skeptical supervisors

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca faced stiff resistance from the board of supervisors Tuesday to his plan to supervise ex-offenders returning home from state prison.

Voters go to the polls in 36th Congressional District special election

Voters go to the polls in a special election today to fill the South Bay congressional seat once held by Jane Harman. They'll be choosing between Democrat Janice Hahn and Republican Craig Huey. About 40,000 mail-in ballots already have been received. Polls are open until 8 tonight.

Sheriff Baca seeks to rehabilitate felons in realignment

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is vying to take control of state prison inmates released as part of Governor Jerry Brown's realignment plan. Most counties are assigning the responsibility for supervision and rehabilitation of ex-offenders to probation departments, but Baca says he can do a better job.

Councilwoman Janice Hahn's mother dies

The mother of Councilwoman Janice Hahn and former Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn has died. Ramona Hahn's unexpected death at age 86 was confirmed by her daughter's chief of staff, and comes one day before Janice Hahn competes in a runoff election for the 36th District congressional seat.

California chief justice blasts budget cuts to courts

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye on Friday railed against budget cuts to the state’s court system. She said the $350 million hit comes on top of previous budget cuts.

In debate, Hahn denies she pushed for gang member's release from jail

During a debate at KPCC Thursday, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn – a Democratic candidate for Congress – found herself fending off charges she helped a gang member get out of jail.

Nationally known Chicano activist charges FBI with targeting him for political speech

Carlos Montes, an icon among Chicano and Latino activists, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to illegal gun possession in Los Angeles. He said authorities are using the charges to target him for his political beliefs.