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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

LAPD inspector general struggles to find witnesses in Ezell Ford shooting

The shooting sparked protests outside LAPD headquarters by people who said it was another case of excessive use of force. But witnesses are scarce, says the inspector general.

LA Muslim group seeks to identify troubled youth, avert terrorism

The Safe Spaces Initiative would create intervention programs within mosques nationwide to thwart violent extremism. LA's counterterrorism chief welcomes the plan.

Ezell Ford: LAPD releases names of officers involved in shooting

Civil rights activists criticized the department's decision to withhold the names of the officers for two weeks. Police say they were guarding against retaliation.

Beverly Hills police defend arrest of black film producer

In a widely shared Facebook post, Charles Belk said he was going to put money in a parking meter when police arrested him for a bank robbery he didn't commit.

CHP officer in videotaped beating could face criminal charges

The case, which has attracted national attention, sparked angry outrage from civil rights activists who called it a clear case of excessive use of force.

Angry residents confront LAPD chief over Ezell Ford shooting

A community meeting draws residents and activists who say the police killing of Ezell Ford is another example of excessive use of force against African Americans.

LAPD chief blames budget for broken station security cameras

Police Chief Charlie Beck did not offer a cost estimate for the fixes. But one commissioner said the problems go beyond money, like missing footage of incidents.

110 Freeway closure: Lanes reopened after chase that left officer wounded, suspect dead

Lanes on the northbound 110 Freeway were open again after an officer-involved shooting that left one officer wounded and a suspect dead.

Update: LAPD places 'security hold' on Ezell Ford autopsy

The hold keeps autopsy details secret, while investigators interview potential witnesses to the fatal LAPD shooting. Ezell Ford was killed by officers last week.

Protesters rally in front of downtown LAPD headquarters

Several hundred protesters gathered in downtown L.A. Sunday to vent their concerns over the death of an unarmed black man in South Los Angeles who was shot and killed by police.

Ezell Ford: Anger, sadness over South LA fatal police shooting

Some South LA residents disbelieve the police version of events in the killing of Ezell Ford, but they have exercised restraint in their protests against the LAPD.

LAPD says man grabbed for officer’s gun in fatal shooting

Police said the incident began with an unprovoked attack on officers. Family members of the man killed argue the shooting was unjustified.

City Council approves salary increase for 1,000 LAPD officers

Starting salaries for the affected LAPD officers will rise to about $57,000. The salary hike will settle a police union lawsuit.

Man fatally shot by LAPD during stop in South LA

The man fatally shot by police on Monday night was on foot, according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement. Police did not say if he was armed.

John Dean on the rise and fall of Richard Nixon

Former White House Counsel John Dean sifted through over 1,000 secretly taped conversations to answer the question: “What did the president know, and when did he know it?”