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Frank Stoltze was born and raised in Santa Barbara, where his father taught him how to body surf and golf and his mother showed him how to tell a good story.

Frank graduated from Southern Methodist University with Doak Walker and started his radio career in San Luis Obispo, cutting his teeth covering Diablo Canyon and the Monarch Butterfly grove. He went to work for KLON (now KKJZ) in Long Beach in 1991 and covered the riots before becoming news director at KPFK, where he learned who Noam Chomsky is.

Frank joined KPCC in 2000 and loves its downtown bureau, a stone's throw from Central Market tortas.


Stories by Frank Stoltze

UPS driver arrested on federal gun trafficking charges

The suspect allegedly funneled weapons, including 12-gauge shotguns and .45-caliber pistols, to an associate for sale on the black market.

Obama criticizes US companies for lack of 'economic patriotism'

Hundreds of people lined up for blocks in the blazing heat for an opportunity to hear the president speak on Thursday at Los Angeles Trade Technical College.

Long Beach police call attack on Muslim woman a hate crime

Long beach police say they are looking for a suspect who cursed at a Muslim woman and tore off her hijab during daylight hours in a parking lot.

Why Obama picked Trade Tech for LA speech (and how to avoid the traffic)

Trade Tech is in the heart of urban Los Angeles, a campus serving large numbers of low income, minority and immigrant students.

Rosemead ex-mayor John Tran gets 21 months on corruption charges

John Tran — one of the youngest elected officials in the San Gabriel Valley — is sentenced for accepting a $38,000 bribe to help a Rosemead real estate developer.

LA police brace for pro-Palestinian rally in Westwood

The demonstration follows a pro-Israel rally last week that resulted in four arrests and a Federal Protective Service officer firing his weapon.

McDonnell gets Ridley-Thomas endorsement for sheriff

Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell gains more endorsements in his run for L.A. County Sheriff including Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

CHP beating renews focus on officers' mental health training

A beating caught on tape is raising concerns about the amount of training CHP officers receive on how to handle suspects who may be suffering from mental illness

Commissioner says CHP 'wounded' after freeway beating

The commissioner of the CHP says he was shocked and concerned by video of one of his officers repeatedly punching a woman he had pinned on the side of an L.A. freeway.

Duran endorses Shriver for powerful LA county supervisors seat

Bobby Shriver and Sheila Kuehl are locked in hotly contested race that's expected to draw big money from super PACs in the November runoff.

Tentative LA police contract spurs debate

The deal beefs up the overtime budget, but critics say Los Angeles can ill-afford to do so when it can't fill potholes.

Election 2014: Super PACs set stage for big spending in Shriver-Kuehl showdown

Now that Bobby Shriver has accepted spending limits, so-called independent expenditure committees could play a major role in the race.

Garcetti taps Rockefeller to make LA more ‘resilient’

It's an example of how Los Angeles' mayor reaches outside of government to get help with the city's problems, a change from his predecessor.

Pot advocates fail to qualify initiative for California ballot

Marijuana legalization advocates were hoping to follow Colorado and Washington, which legalized weed last year.

LA Mayor Garcetti creates nonprofit to fund city projects

The Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles already has raised more than $2 million, with "substantial commitments" for more, according to Garcetti spokesman Jeff Millman.