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

LA County drops $50 public defender fee for criminal defendants

The fee is a "barrier to justice," said one public defender. It isn't supposed to be charged if a person can't afford it, but it often is, according officials.

Report yields new details on fatal Inglewood police shooting

A confidential report says police used an airhorn and sirens to try to rouse a man and woman found unconscious in their car. It does not explain why police shot them.

5 unanswered questions in Inglewood police shooting

Last year's fatal shooting of Kisha Michael, 31, and Marquintan Sandlin, 32, by Inglewood police sparked angry protests and questions about what exactly happened.

5 Inglewood cops involved in fatal shooting are off the force

The shooting of Kisha Michael, 31, and Marqintan Sandlin, 32, in Inglewood sparked angry protests and left questions that remain unanswered.

Supreme court overturns $4M award to couple shot by LA deputies

The case involves a Lancaster couple shot as sheriff's deputies were looking for a parolee. The ruling makes it harder to sue when officers shoot the wrong person.

LA supes eye $3.3M payout to family of man killed by deputies

L.A. County sheriff's deputies opened fire on John Berry as he slowly backed his car towards them. The 31-year-old was unarmed and having a schizophrenic episode.

LA Sheriff's oversight panel asks for shooting, discipline data

The Civilian Oversight Commission voted unanimously to urge the sheriff to release a wide swath of data, including narratives describing deputy-involved shootings.

Measure C: 5 thorny questions ahead for LAPD discipline

Now that LA voters have decided they want more civilians on LAPD discipline panels by passing Measure C, the city council must figure out the details of how that will work.

LA City Council approves $9.2 billion budget

The council voted Thursday to approve a $9.2 billion budget for fiscal year 2017-2018. It calls for millions to cover services such as street and sidewalk repair, homelessness aid and police and fire protection.

5 things immigrant advocates want from LAPD in Trump era

Activists want LAPD's nearly 40-year-old directive against arrests made solely for immigrations violations amended in the face of a federal crackdown on those here illegally.

Police Commission holds hearing on LAPD-ICE cooperation

The commission hopes to allay fears the LAPD is working with federal immigration authorities. Some advocates say the department remains too close to ICE.

Sadness, frustration — reactions to Baca's prison sentence

A federal judge sentenced former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca to three years in prison in the jail abuse scandal. The sentence is less than federal guidelines recommend but more than what prosecutors sought.

Former Sheriff Baca sentenced to 3 years in prison

Ex-Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, 74, will serve three years in federal prison following his conviction in March for obstruction of justice, conspiracy and lying.

Bail system decried in ACLU report, but big insurers behind it

The report says insurers reap big profits while assuming very little risk for the $14 billion in bonds issued in the U.S. each year.

Black Lives Matter activist sues LAPD and city of LA

Activist Greg Akili claims officers wrongfully arrested him while he exercised his right to free speech by "upsetting and disrupting" a police commission meeting.