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

Villaraigosa backs Arizona boycott; LA prepares for big immigration rally

Police say as many as 100,000 people may attend Saturday's immigration rights rally in downtown Los Angeles. The protest is aimed at Arizona’s new law that requires local police in that state to arrest undocumented immigrants.

Daryl Gates remembered by friends, family and colleagues

More than 3,500 police chiefs and beat cops, politicians and judges paid their last respects Tuesday to former Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates, during a downtown funeral procession and memorial service. Gates died April 16 of cancer. Friends and colleagues heaped praise on a man once called “America’s Police Chief” but who also polarized the city he protected.

Daryl Gates funeral held in downtown LA

Hundreds of law enforcement officers and civic leaders from across the region paid final respects to former Los Angeles police Chief Daryl Gates, whose funeral was held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels today. (Audio: KPCC's Shirley Jahad talks to Frank Stoltze as he brings us a live report from former Chief Daryl Gate's funeral procession in downtown L.A.)

Daryl Gates remembered by hundreds who pay tribute

A closed casket viewing at police headquarters drew hundreds of current and former cops.

Daryl Gates recalled by old adversary City Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky

As a city councilman during Daryl Gates' tenure, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky often battled the police chief. He sees his old adversary in a different light today. The Los Angeles Police Department is hosting a closed-casket viewing for former Chief Daryl Gates Monday inside the auditorium of its new downtown headquarters. It runs from noon until 8 p.m. Gates died April 16, 2010, after a bout with bladder cancer. He was 83.

Villaraigosa proposes budget, offers city council olive branch

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa delivered his state of the city address Tuesday, and a proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. It includes hundreds of layoffs and deep service cuts.

Beutner faces DWP with history of resisting oversight

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Wednesday appointed his economic czar to temporarily head the city’s Department of Water and Power. Austin Beutner steps into a firestorm of controversy surrounding the powerful agency. The recent debate over a power rate increase and accusations that agency managers lied to elected officials have raised the ire of many in and out of City Hall.

LA County budget proposal would shrink spending nearly 4%

Los Angeles County’s chief executive officer released his proposed budget Monday. It’s a $22.7 billion plan that shrinks county spending by 3.7 percent.

Former LAPD Chief Gates loved, reviled in the city he policed

Former Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates died Friday from cancer. He was 83. Gates, the chief from 1978 until 1992, was a major figure in the city’s history – a polarizing man who engendered deep admiration and bitter revulsion. Among Los Angeles police officers, Daryl Gates was a giant. “I thought the guy walked on water," Officer Ossie Crenshaw said as he took a break from working out at the Police Academy in Elysian Park.

Former LAPD chief Daryl Gates dies

Former Los Angeles police Chief Daryl F. Gates, who was credited with modernizing the department but later forced out in the wake of the 1992 riots, died today from complications of bladder cancer at age 83. (Audio: KPCC's Steve Julian talks to reporter Frank Stoltze about Gates' death.)

Cops fighting Southern California hate gangs honored

The Anti-Defamation League has honored Southern California law enforcement officials involved in combating street gangs that commit hate crimes.

Villaraigosa says revenue increase will keep parks, libraries open

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday he no longer believed it would be necessary to shut down some city services because of a gaping budget hole.

New LA archbishop emotional in first news conference [Update]

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed a conservative Mexican-born archbishop to succeed Cardinal Roger Mahony as head of the archdiocese of Los Angeles. Archbishop Jose Gomez immediately becomes a leading Latino spiritual leader in the Catholic Church, and a powerful player in the church’s conservative movement.

City controller says LA may not be able to pay bills

The L.A. City Council and Board of Water and Power commissioners are meeting separately today to discuss their ongoing dispute over a proposed DWP rate hike. (Audio: City Controller Wendy Greuel says the loss of the DWP money means she won’t be able to pay L.A.’s bills next month unless the City Council dips into the reserve fund. She spoke with KPCC’s Frank Stoltze.)

Eastman suffers setback in California attorney general bid

Former Chapman University Law School Dean John Eastman has suffered a setback in his bid for the Republican nomination for State Attorney General.