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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

L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa unveils housing plan

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has introduced what he called a major new commitment to build affordable housing in the city. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports that it's a five-year, $5 billion plan to build or preserve 20,000 apartments and homes working families can afford.

Political experts debate 'Bradley Effect'

Pollsters and political scientists debate it. Politicians and their consultants worry about it or count on it. It's called the Bradley Effect and it happens when African American political candidates get fewer votes than they expected because voters lied to pollsters about their willingness to support a black candidate. Some think it'll come into play in November, when Barack Obama faces John McCain. KPCC's Frank Stoltze tells the story of how the Bradley Effect got its name here in California.

GOP Convention Reenergizes California Republicans

California Republicans say they are reenergized now that their party's convention in St. Paul, Minnesota is over. Arizona Senator John McCain accepted the Republican presidential nomination in a speech on Thursday night. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has been covering the convention. He talked with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about the reaction to McCain's speech.

GOP Convention Reenergizes California Republicans

California Republicans say they are reenergized now that their party's convention in St. Paul, Minnesota is over. Arizona Senator John McCain accepted the Republican presidential nomination in a speech on Thursday night. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has been covering the convention. He talked with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about the reaction to McCain's speech

Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Sarah Palin Fires Up Delegates with Speech

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin won wide praise from California Republicans following her speech last night to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. Some Golden State delegates also expressed relief that the party's little known vice presidential nominee made no great gaffes. KPCC's Frank Stoltze in St. Paul and talked about the speech with Morning Edition host Steve Julian

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.

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.