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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 Los Angeles City Council this week approved the extension of a $700,000 federal grant for police video cameras at a South L.A. housing project.
The LAPD’s new chief, Charlie Beck, is spending Thanksgiving Day in a patrol car.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Wednesday addressed concerns that officers in Venice were driving with their lights off last month when they smashed into another car, killing a 25-year-old woman.
For the second time in as many weeks, the Los Angeles City Council Tuesday delayed a vote on a new ordinance that would regulate medical marijuana dispensaries. The council spent more than seven hours debating the new regulations.
The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday returns to the sticky issue of medical marijuana dispensaries. Nearly a thousand have sprouted up across the city – most since the Obama administration announced an end to federal raids on them in February.
A judge in Santa Ana Monday sentenced a white supremacist to death for killing a fellow gang member.
The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday is expected to vote on a new ordinance regulating medical marijuana dispensaries.
The drive to recall Republican State Assemblyman Anthony Adams over his vote to increase taxes has failed. His district runs from La Canada to Hesperia.
State Attorney General Jerry Brown Friday said he’s investigating whether 30 African-American churches in Southern California were the target of a computer scam.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa swore in Charles Beck as the 55th chief of the Los Angeles Police Department Tuesday. The swearing in came minutes after the City Council unanimously confirmed Beck.
[Update at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, 2009] As hundreds of medical marijuana patients and providers overflowed Los Angeles City Council chambers today, two key council committees rejected an outright ban on the sale of medical marijuana in the city.
The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in Los Angeles said it’s identified a record number of criminal undocumented immigrants in local jails.
MoveOn.org plans a health care rally outside Southern California congressman Henry Waxman's office.
In observance of Veterans Day, Governor Schwarzenegger Wednesday announced new job training and mental health programs for people who’ve served in the military.
The city of Los Angeles is moving closer to shutting down hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries. The City Council’s Public Safety Committee debates new regulations next week.