Frank Stoltze


Contact Frank Stoltze

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

New report finds decline in LA homeless population, leaving some in doubt

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.

Federal indictment says Latino gang Azusa 13 targeted African-Americans

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.

Jackie Lacey announces her run for LA District Attorney

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.

Black Panther leader Geronimo Pratt was victim of FBI Cointel program

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.

Dodger Stadium beating: Police chief remains vague about charges against Giovanni Ramirez

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."

ICE dramatically increases Southern California detention capacity

The federal government is dramatically increasing its detention facilities in Southern California with a new facility in the San Bernardino County town of Adelanto.

Los Angeles City Council takes control of Autry's renovation

The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday put the brakes on a planned $6.6 million "major renovation" of the Autry Museum in Griffith Park.

Leimert Park Metro stop's future remains uncertain following board vote

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.

Suspect in severe beating of Giants fan Stow at Dodger Stadium has not yet been charged

Prosecutors have still not charged the man accused in the beating of Bryan Stow at Dodgers Stadium – more than a week after his arrest.

Leimert Park MTA stop: Board votes to keep possibility of Crenshaw stop alive

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.

LA withdraws threat to furlough 4,100 clerical workers

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.

MTA Crenshaw Line: Black leaders cry foul on absence of Leimert Park stop

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.

Los Angeles City Council approves inspector general for revenues

Los Angeles now has someone to help find hundreds of millions of dollars people owe the city.