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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

LA police ready for crowd control

Michael Jackson's public memorial at Staples Center starts at 10a.m. KPCC's Frank Stoltze is near Staples Center. He talks to Steve Julian on crowd control.

Police say stay away from Jackson memorial

Los Angeles Police are urging people to stay away from Staples Center Tuesday. That’s where the memorial for Michael Jackson starts at 10 o’clock. Police worry that as many as a quarter million people could show up – even though officers have barricaded streets for blocks around the center. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

Police warn spectators to stay away from Staples Center

Los Angeles police are discouraging people without tickets from showing up at the Michael Jackson memorial at Staples Center tomorrow.

Jackson fans get tickets for memorial

Michael Jackson fans from around the world are pouring into Los Angeles for tomorrow’s memorial service for the pop star at Staples Center. 8,750 people won free tickets in an online drawing. 20-year-old Sean Knight of San Diego was one of them. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze caught up with Knight at Dodger Stadium as he picked up the wristband that will admit him to the ceremony.

Mayor promises to focus on job creation in second term

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was sworn in for a second, four-year term Wednesday KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

New LA City Controller promises audit of city finances

Wendy Greuel took the oath of office as Los Angeles city controller today. In a speech outside City Hall, the former councilwoman promised to bring transparency to the city’s finances.

Carmen Trutanich sworn in as new LA city attorney

San Pedro criminal defense attorney Carmen Trutanich was sworn in as Los Angeles city attorney today. Trutanich, who’s also a former gang prosecutor, promised to bring independence and integrity to the office during a speech on the south lawn of City Hall.

LA mayor sworn in for second term

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa began his second four-year term today. The mayor addressed hundreds of people during swearing-in ceremonies on the south lawn of City Hall.

Villaraigosa sworn in for second term

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is sworn in today for a second four-year term. Steve Julian talks with KPCC's L.A. political reporter Frank Stoltze to discuss the biggest issues the mayor faces.

Prominent anti-gang activist Alex Sanchez denied bail

A federal judge denied bail Tuesday to a prominent Los Angeles anti-gang activist. Prosecutors allege that Alex Sanchez led a double life as a leader in the Mara Salvatrucha gang. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Some LA parks kept open until midght as part of Summer Night Lights

For a second summer, the city of Los Angeles will keep some of its parks and recreation centers open until midnight. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports that the “Summer Night Lights” program puts young people to work helping their peers stay out of trouble.

Summer gang reduction program hires at-risk kids

To help keep kids out of trouble this summer, the city of Los Angeles will keep some of its parks and recreation centers open until midnight. The city’s hired 160 young people to help run the program.

Michael Jackson fan remembers 'cool'

Hundreds of Michael Jackson fans gathered outside UCLA Medical Center Thursday to pay tribute to the pop icon.

Michael Jackson fans remember pop icon

Southern California fans of Michael Jackson gathered Thursday outside UCLA Medical Center – the hospital where the pop star died. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze spoke to some of them as they mourned, and celebrated, the life of Michael Jackson.

San Fernando Valley Orange Line extension breaks ground

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Wednesday broke ground on a four-mile extension of the Orange Line in the western San Fernando Valley. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.