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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

$7M annual cost estimate for LAPD body cameras

A spokesperson for the mayor says the money will come from federal grants, but also from the city general fund.

Taser use by San Bernardino Sheriff under scrutiny

The ACLU is seeking information on Taser use by the Sheriff in San Bernardino County. Amnesty International has previously pointed to 92 deaths in California caused by Tasers.

LA’s proposed communications system goes beyond 911

The new system, if completed, would allows police officers and firefighters to live stream vast amounts of video within and between agencies.

LA County halts overhaul of emergency communications system

The Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System was supposed to ease communication between police and fire departments.

LAPD training teaches empathy amid outcry over shootings

The LAPD training comes amid an uproar over the police killing of a Skid Row man, Ezell Ford in South L.A., Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Missouri.

LAPD names officers who shot, killed Skid Row homeless man

The Los Angeles Police Department released the names Thursday of three officers who shot and killed a homeless man on Skid Row on March 1, 2015.

Officials to Venice High parents: 'This is a safe campus'

Police and school administrators remain tight-lipped about the details surrounding the arrest of 12 students, but assured parents Venice High School is safe.

Rookie LAPD cop sought in connection with Pomona murder

The murder occurred in the early morning hours Friday, after an altercation in downtown Pomona. Police have issued a flier featuring the LAPD officer's picture.

Skid row activists keep pressure on LAPD after fatal shooting

Activists gather at LA Police Commission meeting to ask for independent review of fatal police shooting of an unarmed African American man on Skid Row.

Feds say LA youth probation camps in 'compliance' with reforms

A confidential letter obtained by KPCC said L.A.'s youth probation camps have implemented a series of reforms. "But there are still a lot of hurdles," says one county official.

Elections 2015: LA voters approve charter amendments, city council newbies

Two measures that would shift the timing of local elections received more than 76 percent voter approval on Tuesday night.

Election 2015: LA city measures aimed at boosting voter turnout

Under Charter Amendments 1 and 2, Los Angeles city elections would shift to even-numbered years, to coincide with state and national elections.

Election 2015: Offering hope and help for South LA

Four candidates are vying to replace L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks, who has represented the area for 12 years. All agree the area needs economic investment.

Coroner: LAPD officers contributed to Omar Abrego’s death

The death of Omar Abrego - and that of Ezell Ford a week later and just a few blocks away - sparked angry protests outside LAPD headquarters.

The split over subpoena power for LA Sheriff oversight

Organizing group is split on subpoena power for the LA Sheriff's oversight commission. The sheriff and the deputies' union oppose it. State law complicates it.