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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

NTSB Opens Investigation Into Jet Blue Emergency

The National Transportation Safety Board is launching an investigation into Wednesday's emergency landing of a Jet Blue plane at LAX. The agency says the plane's landing gear problem may not be isolated.

Governor Signs Legislation Outlawing Human Trafficking

Governor Schwarzenegger signed a bill that will make it easier for local district attorneys to prosecute human trafficking, which is already banned under federal law.

New Principal Sees Better Times Ahead for Jefferson High

Jefferson High Principal Juan Flecha says the South LA school has implemented changes this year which should create less opportunity for racial tension

LAPD Chief Calls for Community Involvement in Police Training

LAPD Chief Bill Bratton says he wants to involve residents in the training of cops, following several controversial police shootings in recent months.

Hurricane Refugee Hopes to Make New Start in Los Angeles

As part of a series on the hurricane evacuees who are staying in Southern California, KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with Greg Johnson, who is looking to make a new life for himself in the Southland after growing up around drugs and violence.

Southern Californians Reach Out to Hurricane Evacuees

Latisse Mills of South Central Los Angeles is one of the many volunteers in Southern California who are going the extra mile to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Hurricane Evacuee Celebrates Birthday in Southland

21-year old Brandon McIntyre is staying at the Dream Center in Echo Park, along with many other refugees of Hurricane Katrina. His parents remain in Baton Rouge, but he came to Southern California for "the experience."

Echo Park Ministry Houses Hurricane Katrina Evacuees

The Dream Center in Echo Park is housing more than a hundred evacuees of Hurricane Katrina, including 48-year old Joclyn Cash, who is staying there with her daughter, two grandsons, and eight other members of her extended family. Her father remains missing in New Orleans.

Local Doctors Return From Emotional New Orleans Trip

A team of Southland doctors and nurses held an emotional news conference describing their experiences treating hurricane victims in New Orleans.

Mayor Introduces Student Safety Initiative

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LA school officials introduce the "Safe School Zones" initiative which is designed to improve safety for students traveling to and from designated campuses.

LA Man Describes Horror of Hurricane Katrina

Kirk Robert, a 50-year old mechanic for the Department of Water and Power, was visiting his father in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck. His father is still missing.

Grand Jury Indicts Four in Southland Terror Plot

A federal grand jury has indicted four men on charges of planning a terror plot in Southern California. The plot was allegedly hatched inside a state prison.

Library Seeks to Put Human Face on Felons

The Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research is collecting stories and artifacts from people who have been incarcerated. KPCC's Frank Stoltze talked with former inmate Walter Ragsdale, who recently spoke at the library.

Muhammad Supporters Challenge Police Commission

The LA Police Commission heard from supporters of Tony Muhammad who say the LAPD launched an unprovoked attack on the Nation of Islam Minister. The LAPD says Muhammad challenged officers.

Anti-Terror Training Added to Crime Prevention Program

The 15-year old federal "Weed and Seed" program has handed out small grants to police and community groups to help reduce crime and create job training. Now anti-terror training will be added to the list.