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

LAPD gay cop case goes to trial

A gay Los Angeles Police officer claims in a lawsuit that his superior harassed him because of his sexual orientation.

City cuts deal with Olvera Street merchants

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday signed off on a deal with merchants along downtown’s historic Olvera Street.

Bowen, Gin, Hahn, Winograd in crowded field for 36th Congressional District

The tone of political campaigns may divide voters as much as ever, even turn them off. But that hasn’t stopped 16 people from jumping into the special election to replace former Congresswoman Jane Harman, who quit a couple of months after her re-election last year to head a think tank.

LA City Council approves labor union deal

The Los Angeles City Council on Friday approved a labor union deal that will require many city workers to contribute more to their retirement healthcare plans.

LAPD says it's cleared backlog of rape kits

Los Angeles Police Department officials Wednesday said they’ve cleared a backlog of untested DNA evidence collected in sexual assault cases.

LA Mayor Villaraigosa orders more furloughs after workers reject deal

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday ordered more than seven weeks of unpaid furlough days for thousands of city workers after they rejected a labor union deal.

LADWP General Manager Nichols defends billing practices

The general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is defending his agency’s billing practices.

Audit says Los Angeles fails to collect on parking ticket scofflaws

Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel Tuesday said cash-strapped L.A. is failing to collect millions of dollars in unpaid parking tickets.

Los Angeles City Council holds budget hearings over Mayor Villaraigosa's proposed budget

The Los Angeles City Council this week begins scrutinizing the mayor’s proposed $7 billion budget.

Mail-in voting begins in race to replace Congresswoman Jane Harman

Mail-in voting’s begun in the campaign to replace Democratic Congresswoman Jane Harman of the South Bay and Long Beach.

Mayor Villaraigosa's budget could furlough Los Angeles workers, reduce some fire services

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has released his proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. It calls for furloughing city workers if they don't agree to contribute more to their pension and health care plans. The city faces a projected $460 million deficit for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Los Angeles County faces budget deficit, but seeks to avoid layoffs

Los Angeles County’s chief executive said Monday the county faces a $220 million budget shortfall in the coming fiscal year, as lower tax revenues continue to strain local government coffers.

LA City Attorney Trutanich explores run for District Attorney

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has formed an exploratory committee in preparation for a likely run for Los Angeles County district attorney next year. It is a major break with the current D.A. Steve Cooley, who has said he would prefer his assistant Jackie Lacey to succeed him.

LAPD eases daytime curfew enforcement on teens

The Los Angeles Police Department has agreed to ease daytime curfew laws amid complaints that officers are indiscriminately handing out tens of thousands of tickets to high school students. Officers will stop most sweeps during the first hour of classes and no longer ticket students on campus.

Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa takes aim at teachers' union contract in State of the City

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Wednesday said he intends to push for dramatic changes in the contract between the Los Angeles Unified School District and its powerful teachers union this year. Villaraigosa delivered his message in his annual State of the City address.