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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

LAPD report says shoddy fingerprint work led to wrong accusations

Los Angeles Police Commission president Anthony Pacheco has asked for a review of fingerprinting policies at the LAPD. That follows the release of a report that found shoddy work by specialists in the department's Latent Print Unit. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says the report raises concerns that misread fingerprints may have sent an unknown number of innocent people to jail as a result of misread fingerprints.

LA County supervisorial candidate Ridley-Thomas touts Latino support

State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas today highlighted Latino support for his campaign for Los Angeles County supervisor. Ridley-Thomas faces L-A City Councilman Bernard Parks in what some political observers consider the most important local contest in the region. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

LA authorities for first time remove person from gang injunction

Authorities in Los Angeles say for the first time ever, they've removed a man's name from a gang injunction. Officials hailed it as an important step toward fairness. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports not everybody agrees.

Republican V.P. nominee Sarah Palin draws more than ten thousand to Carson rally

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin drew more than ten-thousand people to a rally at Home Depot Centers tennis stadium in Carson on Saturday. The Alaska governor threw barbs at Democrat Barack Obama, as she declared the gloves were off in the presidential campaign. KPCC's Frank Stoltze prepared this montage of voices from the event.

UCLA business profs sound off on bailout plan

The country's financial crisis is the talk of university economics departments and business schools across Southern California. UCLA hastily arranged a panel of experts this week to talk about it. Hundreds of students packed an auditorium. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says the panelists, by and large, opposed the 700 billion federal bailout plan.

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.