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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

Growing unemployment forces more onto LA County welfare rolls

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is seeking to reform its largest welfare program amid a dramatic increase in the number of people who seek help.

2 LA police officers, 1 former officer face conspiracy, perjury charges

The Los Angeles County District Attorney has charged two LAPD officers and one former officer with lying under oath. The case stems from a drug bust in Hollywood two years ago. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze spoke with All Things Considered host Alex Cohen about the case.

3 LAPD cops charged with lying under oath

Two LAPD officers and an ex-officer have been charged in a conspiracy and perjury case, the Los Angeles County District Attorney announced today.

Clinton praises Newsom's environmental policies, endorses him for governor

San Francisco mayor and gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom received some help from one of the biggest names in Democratic Party politics Monday. Former President Bill Clinton publicly endorsed Newsom during a joint appearance at Los Angeles City College.

Pasadena Police Chief Melekian resigns, takes federal post

Pasadena Police Chief Bernard Melekian is resigning his post to head the federal COPS program. United States Attorney General Eric Holder made the announcement at a police conference in Denver Monday. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

In first joint appearance, Clinton backs Newsom for governor

Former President Bill Clinton Monday put his political muscle behind Gavin Newsom’s bid for governor.

President Clinton in LA to endorse Gavin Newsom for governor

Former President Bill Clinton’s visiting Southern California Monday to help Gavin Newsom in his campaign for governor. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says Clinton planned to appear with the San Francisco mayor at Los Angeles City College Sunday afternoon and at a private fundraiser.

Nahai leaves LA DWP for Clinton Climate Initiative

The chief of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has resigned. David Nahai leaves as the utility struggles to address a rash of water main breaks and seeks to meet the LA mayor’s renewable energy goals.

FBI opens civil rights investigation into Burbank Police Department

The FBI is investigating whether Burbank police officers committed civil rights violations. The FBI reportedly is focusing on 12 current and former Burbank police officers and their use of force. KPCC's Kari Moran spoke with reporter Frank Stoltze about the story.

FBI investigates Burbank police, Mayor says department in 'turmoil'

The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into the Burbank Police Department.

LAPD officers union close to contract as Bratton warns against furloughs

The city of Los Angeles may be close to a deal with its police officers’ union after months of contract negotiations. More on the story from KPCC’s Frank Stoltze.

Mayor Villaraigosa, labor unions celebrate arrival of Ansaldobreda

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and labor union leaders Wednesday said the arrival of an Italian light rail car manufacturer in Los Angeles will bring much-needed jobs to the city. The mayor and his union allies exercised their considerable power to push the AnsaldoBreda deal through. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Mayor Villaraigosa, union workers celebrate AnsaldoBreda deal with MTA

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and labor union leaders Wednesday celebrated the promised arrival of an Italian light rail car manufacturer in downtown Los Angeles.

Immigration authorities seize high powered guns from LA gang

Federal authorities Friday announced the seizure of a large cache of high-powered firearms in Southern California. It’s another example of how easy it is to get illegal weapons in the region.

Federal bust nets high-powered assault weapons from Bell Gardens gang

BELL GARDENS - The feds arrested nine members and associates of a Bell Gardens gang in a drug and weapons raid. One of the alleged gangsters claimed to be a hit man for a Mexican drug cartel, federal officials said today.