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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

State Parolee Struggles to Leave the Life of Crime

There's an ongoing debate over what to do with California's growing prison population, and how to best deal with former prisoners reentering society. This week, we consider the options for ex-offenders as they transition back into society. In the first of a five-part series, KPCC's Frank Stoltze tracks the story of parolee Jason Henley. (This series was produced by Frank Stoltze as part of a fellowship with USC's Institute for Justice and Journalism.)

Schwarzenegger Creates Cabinet Position to Encourage Volunteerism

Governor Schwarzenegger today signed an executive order creating a cabinet-level position devoted to encouraging volunteerism in the state. He called it the first of its kind in the country and an effort to harness California's "people power." KPCC's Frank Stoltze was at Cal State Northridge for the announcement.

African Americans Debate Current Relevance of Black Civil Rights Organizations

African American civil rights organizations came under fire at a recent debate KPCC sponsored. The event, which took place during black history month, asked whether civil rights groups for African Americans are still relevant. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says the question stirred emotions about the state of black communities and organizations across Southern California.

State Panel Examines Death Penalty

A state commission held a hearing in Los Angeles on Wednesday on the death penalty. One of the issues they discussed was how prosecutors decide which defendants end up facing the possibility of capital punishment.

Colleagues Remember Fallen SWAT Officer as a Hero

Thousands of people are expected to attend today's funeral for Los Angeles police officer Randy Simmons. Simmons was shot as he and other SWAT officers tried to rescue victims of a man who had barricaded himself inside a house in Winnetka last week. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports on a 51-year-old man whom many saw as a hero.

Haefele on Health Clinics

Los Angeles County is considering closing all but one of its public health clinics and outsourcing the services. The clinics serve more than 400,000 residents. The proposal comes from Health Services Director Dr. Bruce Chernof, who says his department is $195 million in the red. Dean of City Hall reporters Marc Haefele tells KPCC's Frank Stoltze there are many reasons for the financial crunch.

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.