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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.


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Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin to Take Stage at Republican Convention

Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin will speak at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. California delegates to the convention say they're anxiously awaiting Palin's speech. It's her first major address since John McCain announced her as his running mate just five days ago. KPCC's Frank Stoltze is covering the convention and talked with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about Palin's upcoming speech. Frank also talked about the reaction to the speeches from President Bush and Senator Joe Lieberman

President Bush to Address Republican Convention

Republicans meeting at their national convention in St. Paul, Minn. hope to get back on track today. The party scratched last night's proceedings and has held off attacking Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama because of Hurricane Gustav. KPCC's Frank Stoltze told Morning Edition host Steve Julian Republicans are resuming a normal schedule today.

Hurricane Gustav Forces GOP to Cancel Much of First Day Convention Schedule

The Republican National Convention gets under way today in St. Paul, Minnesota. Party leaders dramatically scaled back the schedule because of Hurricane Gustav. KPCC's Frank Stoltze is in St. Paul and talked with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about what the Republicans will be doing today.

President Bush to Address Republican Convention

Republicans meeting at their national convention in St. Paul, Minn. hope to get back on track today. The party scratched last night's proceedings and has held off attacking Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama because of Hurricane Gustav. KPCC's Frank Stoltze told Morning Edition host Steve Julian Republicans are resuming a normal schedule today.

California Republicans Get Ready for National Convention

California Republicans head to St. Paul, Minnesota this weekend for their national convention. Some feel the excitement of first-time delegates; others harbor deep questions about the future of their party. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Haefele on Delgadillo Probe

Reports of a federal investigation of L.A.'s City Attorney have caught the attention of commentator Marc Haefele. He talked with KPCC's Frank Stoltze.

Feds Arrest More Than 50 Men in Internet Child Porn Crackdown

Federal authorities yesterday said they arrested more than 50 Southern California men for sharing child pornography over the Internet. The arrests resulted from an eight-month investigation that targeted people who use anonymous peer-to-peer networks to swap illegal images of children. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has more.

California Supreme Court: Doctors Can't Refuse Treatment to Gays Based on Religion

Doctors may not use their religious beliefs as justification for refusing to treat gays and lesbians, the California Supreme Court yesterday. The decision arose from a case involving a lesbian who wanted to become pregnant through artificial insemination. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has more.

State Prisons to Begin Desegregating Inmates

California prisons are one of last, and strongest, bastions of racial segregation in America. For decades, corrections officials have bunked inmates of the same race together to keep the peace among race-based prison gangs. That's about to change as the nation's largest prison system prepares to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that banned the practice as unconstitutional. Inmates and guards fear the change will prompt an outburst of racial violence. KPCC's Frank Stoltze visited the state prison in Tehachapi.

Latino Groups Launch Voter Registration Drive

Latino leaders from around the country wrapped up a three-day meeting in Los Angeles over the weekend. The Latino Congreso brought together more than 1,500 activists from around the country. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports voter registration topped the agenda.

L.A. City Attorney Files Complaint Against Blue Shield

Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo on Wednesday filed a complaint against Blue Shield, alleging the medical insurer unlawfully rescinds policies. In April, he filed a similar complaint against Blue Cross. The lawsuit coincides with California's effort to force Blue Shield and other insurers to reinstate coverage for thousands of customers tossed off their insurance rolls. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Jury Decides Against Death Penalty in Metrolink Train Crash

A Los Angeles jury on Tuesday decided against the death penalty for the man it convicted of murder in a fatal Metrolink train crash three years ago. The crash killed 11 people and injured 180. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

IndyMac Customers Line Up to Withdraw Deposits from Pasadena Headquarters

Hundreds of customers lined up outside IndyMac branches throughout the Southland yesterday to withdraw their money. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation took over IndyMac after the cut-rate mortgage lender failed under the weight of rising foreclosures, falling home prices and tighter credit. KPCC's Frank Stoltze went to the IndyMac branch in Pasadena.

Hundreds Wait Hours to Withdraw IndyMac Funds

Hundreds of customers lined up outside IndyMac branches throughout the Southland Monday to withdraw their money from the failed financial institution. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation took over IndyMac after the cut-rate mortgage lender failed under the weight of rising foreclosures, falling home prices and tighter credit. KPCC's Frank Stoltze visited the IndyMac branch in Pasadena.

Gang Experts Criticize L.A. City's Anti-Gang Efforts

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa likes to say the city's crime rate is at historic lows. But gang crime continues to plague neighborhoods in South and East L.A., and in parts of the Northern San Fernando Valley. That makes it dangerous to walk some streets even during the day. KPCC's Frank Stoltze listened in on a discussion of the problem sponsored by the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State L.A.