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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

Update: LAPD places 'security hold' on Ezell Ford autopsy

The hold keeps autopsy details secret, while investigators interview potential witnesses to the fatal LAPD shooting. Ezell Ford was killed by officers last week.

Protesters rally in front of downtown LAPD headquarters

Several hundred protesters gathered in downtown L.A. Sunday to vent their concerns over the death of an unarmed black man in South Los Angeles who was shot and killed by police.

Ezell Ford: Anger, sadness over South LA fatal police shooting

Some South LA residents disbelieve the police version of events in the killing of Ezell Ford, but they have exercised restraint in their protests against the LAPD.

LAPD says man grabbed for officer’s gun in fatal shooting

Police said the incident began with an unprovoked attack on officers. Family members of the man killed argue the shooting was unjustified.

City Council approves salary increase for 1,000 LAPD officers

Starting salaries for the affected LAPD officers will rise to about $57,000. The salary hike will settle a police union lawsuit.

Man fatally shot by LAPD during stop in South LA

The man fatally shot by police on Monday night was on foot, according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement. Police did not say if he was armed.

John Dean on the rise and fall of Richard Nixon

Former White House Counsel John Dean sifted through over 1,000 secretly taped conversations to answer the question: “What did the president know, and when did he know it?”

LAPD Chief Beck admits he signed off on daughter's horse deal

Beck has maintained subordinates handled the details of the deal, and that he did not influence their decision to obtain a horse from his daughter.

Did Beck sign off on purchase of daughter’s horse for LAPD?

A memo, signed by Chief Beck, appears to contradict his contention that he had nothing to do with the purchase of his daughter's horse for the LAPD's mounted unit.

LA Sheriff race: Candidate Tanaka surfaces on Twitter

Tanaka tweeted he's "still in the race" just days after a KPCC report asked what had happened to his campaign. His fundraising efforts have also slowed.

LAPD Chief Beck defends daughter, strongly denies favoritism

The chief spoke to reporters a week before the Los Angeles Police Commission is expected to vote on whether to rehire him for another five years.

Garcetti praises Beck amid new criticism of LAPD chief

Chief Beck faces accusations that he improperly influenced a disciplinary matter involving a sergeant and his daughter, who is also a police officer at the LAPD.

What happened to LA Sheriff candidate Paul Tanaka?

Signs of a campaign by former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka are scarce. He faces Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell in the November runoff.

Feds stage massive raid on El Monte Flores gang

According to the US Attorney's Office, El Monte Flores is an older gang in the region, with an estimated 800 members and a history of targeting African Americans.

UPS driver arrested on federal gun trafficking charges

The suspect allegedly funneled weapons, including 12-gauge shotguns and .45-caliber pistols, to an associate for sale on the black market.