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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
California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the budget passed Wednesday by state Democrats, and made the unexpected announcement in a press release and a video posted on YouTube.
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Tuesday released the results of its biennial count of homeless people. The report indicates that the number of homeless people in Los Angeles County fell three percent over two years, to 51,340.
Lawsuit declares LA 'homeless veterans capital' of the country, says West LA VA complex being misused
In a major lawsuit aimed at providing housing for homeless veterans in Southern California, the American Civil Liberties Union and veterans groups have sued the federal government for alleged misuse of the Veterans Administration complex in West Los Angeles.
A federal indictment unsealed Tuesday accuses a Latino street gang in Azusa of trying to push black people out of the city. Authorities say it marks only the second time they’ve used federal civil rights laws against a criminal street gang.
LA City Council considers allowing local police to opt out of Secure Communities immigration program
The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday jumps into the debate over deportation. The Council considers a resolution that urges the federal government to allow local police to opt out of its Secure Communities program.
The second-in-command to Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley Monday announced her campaign to succeed him. Jackie Lacey would become the first woman, and first African American to serve as the county’s top prosecutor.
Geronimo Pratt, the former head of the of the Black Panthers’ Southland chapter, died Thursday. He was 63. Most people who knew Pratt’s name recall that he was the target of an FBI program during the early 1970s that landed him in prison for more than a quarter-century for a crime he did not commit.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck remained vague on Thursday about when he would file criminal charges in the Dodgers Stadium beating case. Speaking to reporters outside of police headquarters, he said only that he would file charges against Giovanni Ramirez, the man who was arrested more than a week ago for the crime, "in the near future."
The federal government is dramatically increasing its detention facilities in Southern California with a new facility in the San Bernardino County town of Adelanto.
The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday put the brakes on a planned $6.6 million "major renovation" of the Autry Museum in Griffith Park.
The future of a light rail stop at the cultural core of black Los Angeles remains in doubt following a recent vote by the Metro board of directors.
Prosecutors have still not charged the man accused in the beating of Bryan Stow at Dodgers Stadium – more than a week after his arrest.
The MTA board voted Thursday to keep alive the possibility of a Leimert Park station along the Crenshaw-LAX light rail line but killed a plan to put a section of the proposed line underground.
The city no longer plans to implement threatened furloughs for 4,100 clerical employees, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced today. The workers' bargaining unit — AFSCME Local 3090 — ratified a pension and healthcare reform agreement last week.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority votes today on the proposed Crenshaw light rail line. Plans call for a stop at busy Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, but not at nearby Leimert Park Village, which has seen better days. African-American leaders in Los Angeles and elsewhere are outraged. They say Leimert is the historic cultural core of black L.A. and deserves a stop.