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

Police say parolee probably killed Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen

The case attracted worldwide attention and murder theories that included that someone had hired a professional to kill the high-powered Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen. Police say in the end, Chasen was murdered by a desperate convicted felon during a botched robbery. The man - Harold Martin Smith - committed suicide last week.

Racially biased policing remains focus at LAPD

Allegations of racially-biased policing remain a major focus of reform at the Los Angeles Police Department. A report by the department’s inspector general says, while the department’s made progress, it still has work to do.

Federal appeals panel considers gay marriage ban

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals began to hear testimony over California's same-sex marriage ban on Monday. The federal panel includes a liberal, conservative and moderate jurist who quizzed attorneys on both sides of the gay marriage debate. Legal scholars and activists on both sides of the issue are closely watching a case that could be the first about gay marriage to end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Federal appeals court hears Prop 8 gay marriage case today [Updated]

A federal appeals court in San Francisco hears arguments today over a judge’s decision to overturn Proposition 8 – the voter-approved measure that banned same-sex marriages in California.

Legendary Los Angeles political consultant Joe Cerrell dies

Joe Cerrell wasn’t exactly a household name. But in political circles, everyone was familiar with the legendary consultant who knew or worked for everyone from John F. Kennedy and former Governor Edmund G. Pat Brown, to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. He died of complications related to pneumonia at the age of 75.

Report says LA County needs to give kids on probation more help

A report issued Thursday says Los Angeles County needs to offer much more help to kids who end up in juvenile hall and probation camps. The report arrives as L.A. County’s probation department is the target of federal scrutiny for the way it treats kids.

District Attorney Steve Cooley's finished with statewide politics, but may run for re-election

Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley spoke in public for the first time Wednesday after his narrow defeat to Kamala Harris in the state attorney general’s race.

LA police union's call for hiring freeze draws praise, fire

The chairman of the Los Angeles City Council’s Public Safety Committee praised the police union Wednesday for urging a freeze on hiring new L.A.P.D. officers - even as Police Chief Charlie Beck denounced it. Its the first time the politically powerful union has challenged Beck, who is popular with the rank and file.

Los Angeles police union wants more overtime, fewer officers

The Los Angeles police union is asking the city to stop hiring new officers and to fill in gaps by paying existing officers for overtime, according to the Los Angeles Times. Police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa say that's a bad idea.

Kamala Harris promises reform during first news conference as AG-elect

California Attorney General-elect Kamala Harris held a news conference on Tuesday, her first since the election. She announced a high-powered transition team and promised to follow through on her campaign promises to reform the criminal justice system.

Kamala Harris to declare victory in attorney general's race

San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has scheduled news conferences in Los Angeles and San Francisco Tuesday to declare victory in her historic win. She becomes California’s first female, first black and first Indian-American state attorney general.

ACLU names Hector Villagra to replace Ramona Ripston as Southern California director

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California Monday named Hector Villagra as its new director. He'll replace longtime executive director Ramona Ripston in February.

Prop 8 appeal judges make a mixed ideological bag

The federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Monday named the three judges who’ll hear arguments over the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the voter-approved measure that bans same-sex marriages. They cover the ideological spectrum. The hearing is Dec. 6.

Harris worked hard in LA County to beat Cooley in California attorney general race

San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has won a historic comeback victory in the long drawn out race for California attorney general. Her Republican opponent Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley conceded the race Wednesday – more than three weeks after the election. A spokesman said Cooley’s 50,000 vote deficit was insurmountable. More than 9 million votes were cast. Harris becomes the first woman, the first African-American and the first Indian-American ever elected to the state’s top law enforcement job.

Cooley concedes California attorney general race to Harris

Republican Steve Cooley, Los Angeles County district attorney, conceded the California attorney general's race to Kamala Harris, giving Democrats a sweep of all statewide offices. Cooley conceded as updated vote tallies continued to widen San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris' lead.