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

Inglewood to pay $2.4M to families of men shot by police

The city of Inglewood has reached a settlement with the families of three unarmed men shot by police. One of the men died.

LAPD says it trains officers how to deal with autistic people

Los Angeles Police officials say they began providing training on how to deal with people with autism long before two officers shot and killed an autistic man over the weekend.

Southern Californians react to passage of health care reform

Southern Californians are reacting to Tuesday's signing of a massive health care reform bill by President Obama.

Whitman breaks spending records in campaign for governor

Republican Meg Whitman is spending more than any other candidate in state history on her campaign for governor.

Burbank Police Department under fire from inside, outside its ranks

The Burbank Police Department’s under fire – from within and beyond its ranks. In a lawsuit filed last year, a group of officers claims a culture of racial, gender and sexual orientation discrimination persists at the department. In addition, the F.B.I. is conducting a wide-ranging investigation into possible excessive use of force by Burbank cops.

Eastman faces heat for ballot wording in attorney general's race

Former Chapman University Law School Dean John Eastman may have scored a coup in his bid for the Republican nomination for Attorney General. He wants the California secretary of state to list him on the ballot as an Assistant Attorney General. Opponents are crying ‘foul.’

Mitt Romney in Southern California

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is in Southern California Friday to promote his new book and to revive his old presidential aspirations.

LA DA launches inquiry into supervisors' spending

The Los Angeles County District Attorney has opened an inquiry into the spending practices of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.

Obama to help Sen. Boxer in re-election fight

Worried that she’ll face strong opposition from Republicans, Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s campaign Wednesday announced that the president will help fundraise for her re-election bid.

Poizner, Whitman face off in first Republican governor's debate

Former eBay chief Meg Whitman and State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner engaged in their first face-to-face debate last night. The two are vying for the Republican nomination for governor.

Poizner, Whitman set for first debate in Orange County tonight

The two candidates for the Republican Party’s nomination for governor debate for the first time tonight in Orange County. Former eBay chief Meg Whitman and State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner meet after a weekend of criticizing each other as not conservative enough to serve as the party’s standard bearer. (Audio: KPCC’s Frank Stoltze joins Susanne Whatley and explains how important this debate is.)

Whitman, Poizner spar; Tea Party activists rally at state GOP convention

Republicans Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner stepped up their attacks on each other Saturday as the two gubernatorial hopefuls battled for support of the party faithful at the GOP’s statewide convention in Santa Clara.

Whitman, Poizner clash at California Republican convention

Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner took a few swings at each other on the opening night of the California Republican Convention in Santa Clara last night. The two candidates are locked in battle for the party’s nomination for governor.

California GOP convention to showcase Whitman, Poizner

California Republicans gather in Santa Clara this weekend for their semi-annual state convention. It’s their last meeting before the June primary, when Republicans decide on who they’ll run for governor against state Attorney General Jerry Brown.

LA budget committee to conduct community meeting

The Los Angeles City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee holds a meeting in East L.A. Monday night to seek suggestions on how the city should address its gaping budget deficit.