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

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.

Baca supporters rally at LA County jail

About 50 people rallied outside Los Angeles County's Central Jail on Monday in support of Sheriff Lee Baca, who is under fire for allegations his deputies routinely beat up inmates.

California doctors' organization calls for legalizing marijuana

California's largest professional group for doctors is calling for the legalization of marijuana - even while it maintains that the drug has few proven health benefits.

Latino high school students claim racial profiling

A group of Latino high school students filed a lawsuit Thursday against Glendale school officials, city police, the LAPD and the L.A. County Probation department, alleging the agencies engaged in racial profiling when they herded the students into classrooms last year.

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.