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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

Doctor remembers Metrolink crash

One year ago Saturday, a Metrolink commuter train crashed in Chatsworth in the northern San Fernando Valley. Investigators believe the train ran a red light and slammed head-on into a Union Pacific Freight train. The crash – the worst in Metrolink history – killed 25 people and injured dozens more. Shortly after the crash, KPCC’s Frank Stoltze spoke with the man who helped lead the effort to save lives that day.

Court says judge should have allowed Asperger's defense in eco-terrorism case

A federal court has ruled that a Caltech student should have been able to refer to his Asperger’s syrdrome as a defense in a high-profile arson case. The court overturned William Cottrell’s conviction in the torching of dozens of SUVs at car dealerships in the San Gabriel Valley six years ago. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says prosecutors at the time called the crime an act of eco-terrorism.

Police Commission in Reseda tonight to discuss new LAPD chief

The Los Angeles Police Commission continues its series of meetings Thursday to seek public comment on who should replace Bill Bratton as chief of the LAPD. Thursday's meeting is at the One Generation social services center in Reseda. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

LA gangster-turned-bail bondsman tells story

As Los Angeles searches for a new police chief, crime stands at historic lows in the city. But some neighborhoods remain dangerous places. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with one man near the 77th Street Police Station about the challenges of living in South L.A. Carlos Zamora left the gang life long ago, but he still faces peril when he navigates the streets.

New gang czar: history key to improving black-brown relations

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Tuesday named a new director of youth development and gang reduction. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

LA mayor names new gang czar

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Tuesday named Guillermo Cespedes as his new director of youth development and gang reduction.

'Clone' Chief Bratton, say some LA residents

South L.A. residents Thursday night debated LAPD Chief Bill Bratton's tunure, and whether the next chief should share his qualities. Bratton has announced his resignation, and the L.A. Police Commission is holding a series of meetings seeking the public's input on who should replace him. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports on last night’s meeting in the Crenshaw District.

Mexican drug cartel has extensive network in Southern California

State Attorney General Jerry Brown Thursday announced the arrest of six men associated with the Mexico-based Sinaloa drug cartel. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports the busts happened in Southern California.

LA Police Commission seeks input on new chief

The Los Angeles Police Commission Wednesday convenes the first of a series of public meetings on who should succeed Bill Bratton as chief of police. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

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.