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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

Coast Guard Unveils New Port Security Device

A new sonar system will help the Coast Guard prevent the possibility of terrorists hiding underwater.

LA's City Attorney Wins Injunction Against Violent Gangs

Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo says an injunction will target three of South LA's most notorious gangs.

Authorities Release Tapes of Train Wreck 911 Call

Workers at the nearby Atwater Village Costco store were the first to notify authorities of the deadly train derailment in which 11 people were killed.

11 Killed in Glendale Train Wreck

Eleven people die and 180 are injured in a train crash involving two Metrolink commuter trains and an idle freight locomotive. Police arrest a man who allegedly left his SUV on the tracks in an aborted suicide attempt.

Local, State Agencies Form Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking

The FBI, LAPD, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and other agencies have formed a task force in Southern California to fight the growing problem of human trafficking.

Record-Breaking Storms Keep Firefighters Busy

Firefighters respond to mudslides, flooding, traffic accidents, and other emergencies caused by the recent storms.

Grief Envelops Southern California Thai Community Following the Devastating Tsunami

There are over 30,000 Thai immigrants living in Southern California. The community is keeping a close watch on the relief efforts in south Asia following the deadly tsunami.

Local Peace Delegation Delivers Humanitarian Aid To Iraq

Members of Code Pink, a women's peace group, join a delegation traveling to the Mideast. The group will donate medical supplies to Iraqi refugees.

LA Mayoral Candidates Take on The Environment

The five candidates for Los Angeles mayor mix it up over environmental issues in the second debate.

LA Mayor Speaks to Valley Secessionists

Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn, an opponent of San Fernando Valley secession, attends the monthly meeting of Valley Vote, a pro-Valley secession group.

ACLU Challenges the Three Strikes Law

The American Civil Liberties Union says a 225-year prison sentence for a man convicted of a string of burglaries is cruel and unusual punishment. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will rule on the matter in three to six months.

ACLU Files Suit Challenging Prop 69

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal class action lawsuit, challenging parts of the voter-approved measure that allows police to take DNA from convicted felons and, eventually, people arrested for a felony.

LA Mayoral Challengers Hold First Debate

The first LA mayoral debate features some tense moments as LA Mayor Jim Hahn faces the four men who want his job.

So Cal Economy on the Upswing

At a conference sponsored by the Southern California Association of Governments, top economists discuss ways to improve the long-term outlook for the region.

Audit Accuses PR Firm of Bilking DWP

LA's City Controller Laura Chick has released an audit claiming public relations firm Fleishman-Hillard overbilled the Department of Water and Power by $4.2 million.