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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

Los Angeles Schools Step Up Police Patrols Following Rumors of Racial Violence

The Los Angeles Unified School District beefs up police presence on its campuses following an email rumor about racial violence against black students on Cinco De Mayo.

CHP Urges Calm Amid Series of Freeway Shootings

CHP officials are downplaying the recent incidents of car-to-car shootings on Southern California freeways. Four people have been killed and four others wounded since March.

Mayoral Candidates Debate in Koreatown

Mayor Jim Hahn defends his record in Koreatown while challenger Antonio Villaraigosa promises to work for all groups in a debate sponsored by the Korean American Political Empowerment Movement.

Villaraigosa Has Large Lead Over Hahn in Mayoral Poll

Mayoral challenger Antonio Villaraigosa and Mayor Jim Hahn react to an LA Times poll of likely voters which shows Villaraigosa with 18 point lead over Hahn.

Supervisors Grill Health Director on King/Drew

LA County Supervisors order County Health Director Dr. Thomas Garthwaite to take action following reports that medical lapses caused two more deaths at King/Drew Medical Center.

Mayoral Candidates Fight for African American Vote

Incumbent Jim Hahn and LA mayoral challenger Antonio Villaraigosa traded charges in a debate at the California African American Museum in Exposition Park.

Community Leaders Voice Opposition to Change in Police Immigration Policy

Leaders of LA's Central American community hold a news conference to protest the Los Angeles Police Department's plan to start enforcing federal immigration laws.

Thousands Turn Out to Pay Their Respect to Johnnie Cochran

Hollywood celebrities, civil rights activists and former clients gathered at the West Los Angeles Cathedral for the funeral of Johnnie Cochran. The defense attorney died March 29 at the age of 67.

Rampart Lawsuits Settled For $70 Million

Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo says his office has settled most of the lawsuits and claims filed by victims of the Rampart police corruption scandal.

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.