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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

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.

Obama criticizes US companies for lack of 'economic patriotism'

Hundreds of people lined up for blocks in the blazing heat for an opportunity to hear the president speak on Thursday at Los Angeles Trade Technical College.

Long Beach police call attack on Muslim woman a hate crime

Long beach police say they are looking for a suspect who cursed at a Muslim woman and tore off her hijab during daylight hours in a parking lot.

Why Obama picked Trade Tech for LA speech (and how to avoid the traffic)

Trade Tech is in the heart of urban Los Angeles, a campus serving large numbers of low income, minority and immigrant students.

Rosemead ex-mayor John Tran gets 21 months on corruption charges

John Tran — one of the youngest elected officials in the San Gabriel Valley — is sentenced for accepting a $38,000 bribe to help a Rosemead real estate developer.

LA police brace for pro-Palestinian rally in Westwood

The demonstration follows a pro-Israel rally last week that resulted in four arrests and a Federal Protective Service officer firing his weapon.

McDonnell gets Ridley-Thomas endorsement for sheriff

Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell gains more endorsements in his run for L.A. County Sheriff including Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.