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

The public will get to see police license plate data

The California Supreme Court said the massive amounts of data collected by license plate reader programs cannot be kept secret by police.

Family blames Whittier police for mentally ill man's death

Jonathan Salcido's family is filing a legal claim, alleging officers "brutally killed" him after his mother sought help getting him to a psychiatric hospital.

LAPD says no to more military hardware from Trump administration

The Trump administration Monday lifted President Obama's restrictions on which military surplus police and sheriffs can receive. The L.A. Sheriff is mulling his options.

Is California on the verge of bail reform?

With Gov. Brown throwing his weight behind "cost-effective and fair" reform, advocates hope to change a system that they say discriminates against poorer defendants.

Civilian panel says LA Sheriff needs more mental health teams

The report says Sheriff Jim McDonnell's department needs to dramatically increase the number of special teams that deal with people with mental illness.

LAPD drone plan draws privacy fears from community

The LAPD is asking the Police Commission to approve a one-year pilot program for a camera-equipped drone to be deployed in certain situations.

5 things to think about as the LAPD plans to launch a drone

If approved by the police commission, the LAPD would fly a seven-and-a-half foot drone in similar situations during a one-year pilot program.

5 takeaways from the state crime report

Violent crime ticked up, property crimes fell, and the rate at which cops solved crimes went down, according to the state attorney general's annual report on crime.

LA Police Commission says fatal shooting of Carnell Snell justified

The LAPD killing of Snell sparked angry protests, prompting Chief Charlie Beck to release video of him running with a gun right before he was killed.

LA officials want public safety review after officer's murder

Los Angele County Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Janice Hahn want a Blue Ribbon panel to examine how recent sentencing reforms have affected public safety.

LA supervisors consider $1.5M payout in driver's fatal shooting

The case is the latest in a series of payouts involving a deputy shooting at a moving car, which is generally against sheriff department policy.

Sessions threatens aid to San Bernardino over immigration policy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday local police and sheriffs must help deport unauthorized immigrants or they will not be eligible for crime-fighting grants.

What it's like for LAPD cops to wear body cams

As the L.A. Police Commission ponders ending its ban on the release of body cam videos, cops weigh in on the value of the "silent witness."

Mother of mentally ill man killed by LA sheriff’s deputy files lawsuit

The lawsuit alleges the department has failed to properly train deputies to deal with mentally ill people — "a de facto custom, practice or policy” that leads to violent confrontations.

LAPD justified in killing of 14-year-old boy, commission rules

The L.A. Police Commission decided the fatal officer-involved shooting of Jesse Romero, 14, was justified. Romero was one of the youngest people ever killed by the LAPD.