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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

African American Voter Says Obama Reminds Her of Kennedy

African Americans in California overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama in last week's presidential primary. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with one of them, 70-year-old Ramona Tolliver. She talked about her support for Obama and remembered when she first voted, a half century ago.

First LAPD SWAT Officer Killed in the Line of Duty

Investigators are trying to determine the motive behind the shooting deaths of four people in the San Fernando Valley Thursday, including a veteran LAPD SWAT officer. Police killed the gunman at the end of the overnight standoff at the man's home. Police have not released the names of the gunman or his victims. The SWAT officer was the first killed in the line of duty in the 41-year history of the elite unit. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Clinton Takes the California Democratic Primary Over Obama

New York Sen. Hillary Clinton overtook Illinois Sen. Barack Obama in Tuesday's California primary. KPCC's Frank Stoltze went to a Clinton campaign party in Burbank.

McCain Wins California Republican Primary

John McCain beat Mitt Romney in the California Republican primary on Super Tuesday. KPCC's Frank Stoltze went to a Hollywood nightclub where McCain's supporters were celebrating.

Clinton, Obama Campaigns Send Top Surrogates to L.A.

California has become a key battleground in the race for the Democratic nomination for president. Yesterday, both candidates sent their top surrogates to Los Angeles. KPCC's Frank Stoltze visited an African American church where former President Bill Clinton was speaking on behalf of his wife. KPCC reporter Brian Watt was at two other local churches.

L.A. City Voters to Decide on Telephone Utility User's Tax

Los Angeles city leaders warn of dire consequences if Proposition S fails on Tuesday's ballot. The L.A. city measure is a telephone utility user's tax that would preserve hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue to the city. Critics say it could mean new taxes.

Clinton, Obama Campaigns Send Top Surrogates to L.A.

California has become a key battleground in the race for the Democratic nomination for president. Yesterday, both candidates sent their top surrogates to Los Angeles. KPCC's Frank Stoltze visited an African American church where former President Bill Clinton was speaking on behalf of his wife. Brian Watt was at two other local churches.

Hundreds Gather Outside Kodak Theater During Debate

While Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton debated inside the Kodak Theater, hundreds gathered outside to support, solicit, protest and perform for the dozens of television cameras assembled. KPCC's Frank Stoltze took his microphone along to pick up the action.

Republican Presidential Candidates Debate in Simi Valley

Republican presidential candidates debated at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley on Wednesday night. California voters get their say next Tuesday in one of the most hotly-contested presidential primaries in decades. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports that last night's exchange frustrated some people who'd hoped to finally make up their minds in a fast-changing race.

LAPD Officer Disclosure Requirements Hit Stumbling Block

One of the last federally-mandated reforms of the Los Angeles Police Department has hit a stumbling block. The City Council is considering whether to block a provision that would require extensive financial disclosure by officers in the narcotics and gang units. It's intended to root out corrupt officers. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says there's a debate about whether that requirement would even work. (Note: Connie Rice, who was interviewed for this story, is a member of the board of Southern California Public Radio.)

Democratic Candidates Woo Latino Voters

Democratic candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are both going after California's Latino voters. They represent one in five voters in the state. One survey puts Hillary Clinton 40 percentage points above Barack Obama and some ascribe this to Latinos' racial mistrust of blacks. Cal State Fullerton political scientist Raphe Sonenshein told KPCC's Frank Stoltze that there's a lot more at play than race.

USC Conference Examines L.A.'s Criminal Justice System

USC's Institute for Justice and Journalism convened law enforcement leaders, activists and academics this week to examine the Los Angeles criminal justice system. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports many in attendance conceded that the system is broken. They say it's too punitive and offers little hope for rehabilitation (Note: Frank Stoltze is a fellow at USC's Institute for Justice and Journalism, which sponsored the conference.)

Campaign Strategists Turn Focus to California

County clerks across California today begin mailing absentee ballots for the February 5 presidential primary. That means voters could begin casting ballots later this week. That's focusing some campaign strategists on California even as Tuesday's New Hampshire primary approaches. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Underground Drug Economy Generates Billions in Southern California

Experts estimate the underground drug economy in Southern California generates several billions of dollars. That's a small fraction of the region's economic activity; but in some neighborhoods, buying and selling illegal drugs makes a big impact. As part of KPCC's examination of the underground economy, Frank Stoltze looks at illicit drug sales.

Former House Leader Gingrich Says Governors Hold Key to Progress

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was in Southern California last week. He spoke at a meeting of the Republican Governors Association. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports the conservative iconoclast called on governors to become agents of change.