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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

Study Finds Racial Disparity in Availability of Healthy Food

Healthy food is harder to find in poor and mostly minority neighborhoods than in more affluent white neighborhoods, according to a study published in the American Journal of Health. USC Professor David Sloane participated in the report.

Police Wound Robbery Suspect in Moving Car Shooting

Just weeks after the LAPD approves a new policy on firing at moving vehicles, a 20-year-old robbery suspect is shot by officers after he backs a car toward them at the end of a pursuit. LAPD Sgt. Catherine Plows talks about the incident.

LA Mayoral Candidates Square Off in Testy First Debate

LA Mayor Jim Hahn and challenger Antonio Villaraigosa confront each other on ethics and leadership in their first one-on-one debate since the primary.

Villaraigosa Wins Endorsement of Longtime Hahn Supporter

Congresswoman Maxine Waters is endorsing Antonio Villaraigosa in the LA mayoral runoff election over incumbent Jim Hahn. Waters supported Hahn in 2001.

Praying For Recovery, End to Violence

15-year old Deliesh Allen remains in a coma after being shot in the head outside Locke High School in South LA. Allen's aunt spoke out for the first time about the tragedy.

NAACP Holds Police Abuse Hearing

The California NAACP holds a hearing on police abuse of African Americans in the wake of several high profile incidents, including the violent arrest of Stanley Miller and the Devin Brown shooting.

Angelides Throws Hat into Governor's Race

In a move that was highly expected, State Treasurer Phil Angelides announces he'll challenge Governor Schwarzenegger in next year's gubernatorial election.

Hahn Stays Positive With Early Returns

Supporters of incumbent Jim Hahn were anxious as they awaited the results of the LA mayoral primary. Early returns showed Hahn with a comfortable lead over former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg.

Incumbent Mayor Fights for Political Life

Mayor Jim Hahn faces four key challengers in his battle for re-election to a second term. Hahn is in danger of being the first LA mayor to be voted out of office in 30 years.

Candidates Speak Out on Latest Poll

Following an LA mayoral debate, the candidates react to the new LA Times poll.

Storm Triggers Numerous Mudslides

The latest record storm to hit Southern California is making already saturated hillsides more unstable. In Silver Lake, a mudslide over the weekend brought down a house and forced evacuations.

Police Commission Holds Off on New Policy

Los Angeles Police Commission members came to an impasse over the wording of a new policy which would limit when officers can fire at moving vehicles.

Community Has Mixed Feelings About Shooting of Black Teenager

The officer-involved shooting of 13-year old Devin Brown has produced an array of reactions from African Americans in Leimert Park.

City Council Gives Thumbs Down To Police Tax

The LA County Council voted against putting a measure on the May ballot that would hike the city's sales tax by a half cent to fund more police officers.

Community Confronts Police Commission on Shooting of Black Teenager

About 75 residents and community leaders voiced their anger at a meeting of the LA Police Commission over the officer-involved shooting of 13-year old Devin Brown.