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 reject 2nd Latino district

After hearing six hours of sometimes racially charged testimony, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday decided against creating a second district with a majority of Latino voters. Latino civil rights activists indicated they would file a federal Voting Rights Act lawsuit in response, noting half the county’s population is now Latino but only one of the five supervisorial districts is majority Latino.

Sources: Probation department's Donald Blevins on his way out

Though the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors was in closed-door meetings today, several sources who refused to be named said the county Probation Department's chief, Donald Blevins, is being asked to step down.

LA city, county officials warn of traffic snarls as Obama visits

President Barack Obama will bring his re-election effort to the Southland today, hoping to tap into some deep Hollywood pockets to pad his campaign war chest. He lands at LAX a little before 5 p.m. Monday, after another fundraiser in San Diego, for two fundraisers in Los Angeles. Officials are warning of tough traffic around the visit.

Author Michael Connelly tells Stoltze: DNA evidence is a time machine

KPCC's law and order reporter Frank Stoltze talks with cold case LAPD detective Rick Jackson and crime novelist Michael Connelly.

Report finds increase in shootings of unarmed suspects by LA County deputies

The LA County Sheriff’s watchdog says inadequate training may have contributed to a sharp rise in so-called “state of mind” shootings – when a sheriff’s deputy mistakenly believes someone is armed. It often happens when a deputy confuses a cell phone or sunglasses for a gun.

SoCal nurses planning one-day strike at Kaiser

Thousands of nurses and other Kaiser Permanente employees plan to walk off their jobs tomorrow.

Judge sentences corrupt LA building inspector to 21 months in prison

A federal judge has sentenced a building inspector who took bribes to 21 months in prison. Corruption may run much deeper in L.A.'s Department of Building and Safety.

Calif. Republican Latinos urge party to show empathy toward illegal immigrants

Republicans at this weekend’s state GOP convention in Los Angeles wrestled with the question of how to attract more Latinos to the party. At times, it seemed like they were talking past each other about an issue that could determine the survival of the Grand Old Party in California.

Law enforcement gathers for conference

Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley Thursday urged local governments to spend more money on collecting DNA evidence.

LAPD key player in preventing attacks, chief says

LAPD Deputy Chief Mike Downing says it makes sense for police officers to play a key role in watching out for any terrorists on the streets of American cities. This attitude reflects a dramatic change in the role of local police departments after the 9/11 attacks.

LA County supervisors to vote on final parolee plan

Los Angeles County supervisors today will vote on a plan to manage new parolees returning from state prison.

Republican candidates to meet in Simi Valley this week

The major candidates seeking the Republican nomination for president are in Southern California this week, and will gather for a debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley on Wednesday evening.

City of LA has more money than it thought it had

The city of Los Angeles is in better financial shape than previously thought.

Angry LA County supes postpone vote on parolee transfer plan

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday postponed a vote on a plan to manage new parolees California releases from its prisons. A new state law requires local counties – instead of state parole agents - to supervise non-serious offenders.

Cooley predicts dramatic crime spike under state plan

Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley said California's plan to shift supervision of thousands of former state prison inmates to counties will be a "disaster" for L.A. He made the comment as the Board of Supervisors prepared to vote Tuesday on a plan to manage the felons.