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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

US Forest Service fire behavior specialist says fire is a natural process

It’s easy to regard the Station Fire as a disaster, considering that two firefighters have died and dozens of homes have burned.

The work goes on after two LA County firefighters die on duty

Firefighters had to put emotion aside and concentrate on the job at hand the day after two of their colleagues died in a rollover accident. Cal Fire Captain Craig Waag spoke about that with KPCC's Frank Stoltze.

Wild animals flee the Station Fire area

The Station Fire continues to grow out of control in the Angeles National Forest. Thousands of residents have been ordered to evacuate. KPCC's Steve Julian talks to Frank Stoltze from one of the evacuation areas. He says the local wildlife there has also fled for protection.

Residents in La Crescenta describe the Station Fire

KPCC's Steve Julian talks to Frank Stoltze from one of the evacuated areas near the Station Fire. A resident there describes the fire.

Residents near the Station Fire defend their homes

The Station Fire continues to grow. KPCC's Steve Julian talks to Frank Stoltze as he joins us live from La Crescenta. Frank talks to a resident who hosed his home in efforts to save it, before being evacuated.

Residents from La Crescenta ordered to evacuate

Flames continue to threaten thousands of homes in the area where the Station Fire continues to blaze. KPCC's Steve Julian talks to Frank Stoltze as he joins us live with a La Crescenta resident who's been ordered to evacuate.

New evacution orders in effect for Station Fire area

The Station Fire in the Angeles National Forest has burned more than 45,000 acres and has killed two firefighters already. KPCC's Steve Julian talks to Frank Stoltze as new evacuation orders are in effect for residents in La Cresenta.

Local non-profit helps with census participation

The California Endowment has announced it’ll spend four million $4 million on a public awareness campaign to urge "hard-to-count" communities to participate in next year’s census. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

Schwarzenegger remembers Eunice Shriver

Much of the week's news focused on the passing of Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy. But during remarks at the California Endowment in downtown Los Angeles, Governor Schwarzenegger focused on the recent passing of his mother-in-law Eunice Kennedy Shriver. She founded the Special Olympics.

Gov blasts Democrats on prison plan

Governor Schwarzenegger conceded Thursday that his prison plan is “radical.” KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

LA mayor shakes up staff

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made major changes to his staff Thursday. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Police chief vows to reverse South LA crime spike

Police Tuesday promised to reverse a spike in crime in South Los Angeles. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Michael Jackson reportedly died of lethal propofol injection

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that records show Michael Jackson died of lethal levels of a powerful anesthetic. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

LA city attorney seeks injunctions against taggers

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich Monday defended his plan to seek injunctions against graffiti tagging crews. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Get Tough on Crime Plays Better at Election Time

Filling in for Patt was great. The producers make it easy. This prison reform business is so frustrating. Republican State Senator George Runner – author of numerous laws that locked up more people for longer – strongly objects to the governor’s plan to reduce the prison population.