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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

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.

Local Imam Ministers to Muslims in Prison

Imam Sayd Shakel ministers to prisoners at the federal complex in Victorville. He says more Imams are needed in prisons to combat radical forms of Islam.

So Cal Muslims Issue Appeal in Wake of Terror Plot Reports

Southern California Muslim leaders are asking people to hold their judgment after three members of an Inglewood mosque are arrested in connection with an alleged terrorism plot.

Officials Investigate So Cal Terrorism Plot

Three Southern California men are in custody as officials investigate a terrorism plot that may have connections to a state prison.

CIty Council Considers Renewing Sunshine Landfill Contract

The LA City Council is set to debate a proposal that would keep the trash flowing into the Sunshine Canyon Landfill, but some on the City Council want to see the landfill closed for good.

Murder of Woman Prompts Call For Gang Violence Summit

South LA community activists want the city to host a summit tackling the problem of gang violence following the death of 63-year old Lois Coles who was killed by a stray bullet from a gang shootout.

Mayor Says He'll Use 'Bully Pulpit' to Improve LA

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke with KPCC's Frank Stoltze about his plans to expand the influence of his office and what issues he intends to focus on in the near future.

Community Reaction to Standoff Varies Widely

South LA residents are split over who is responsible for the death of a toddler in the July 10 standoff between the child's father and police.

Report Paints Bleak Picture of LA's Black Community

"The State of Black Los Angeles" issued by the United Way and Urban League says African Americans in LA earn less and experience more crime than do other demographic groups, but that they participate more in the community.

Autopsy Confirms LAPD Bullet Killed Toddler

An autopsy report released Wednesday finds that the bullet that killed an 18-month-old girl during Sunday's standoff in South LA was fired by an LAPD officer.

Police Chief Defends Officers' Actions in Standoff

LAPD Chief William Bratton says his officers are not responsible for the death of a 19-month old girl during a standoff with an armed suspect in South LA.