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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

Planned Award Sparks Controversy

The Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission is usually in the business of patching up the bonds among people. But the commission's plan to present an award to a prominent Southern California Muslim has prompted strong protests from some Jewish leaders.

Local Muslims Speak Out Ahead of 9/11 Anniversary

Southern California Muslim leaders Thursday offered a mixed picture of the way they've fared in the five years since September 11. They said the backlash against Muslims has subsided, but discrimination continues.

LA Mayor Endorses Angelides in Governor's Race

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa waited until Tuesday to endorse Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides. With only two months to go until Election Day, Angelides had hoped for Villaraigosa's support much earlier in the campaign.

FBI Urges Vigilance at Security Seminar for Synagogues

The Anti-Defamation League convened a security seminar for Southland Jewish institutions Wednesday. Israel's war with Hezbollah and this summer's shooting at the Jewish Federation building in Seattle have raised concerns about a possible attack during the upcoming High Holy days.

LA City Workers Hit the Picket Lines

Members of the Engineers and Architects Association began a two-day strike Tuesday morning to call for higher wages. The union has been without a contract since 2004.

Buena Park Man Released from Federal Detention

Abdel Jabbar Hamdan of Buena Park spoke out as a free man yesterday for the first time in more than two years after a judge ordered him released from detention.

Compton Looks to the Future

The final part of a three-part series on Compton's struggle to reduce violence looks at efforts to turn the city around. A shopping mall, parks and youth programs are just some of the things that city officials have in store.

Racial Tensions Contributing to Compton Violence

Gang violence so far this year in Compton is down, but a recent weekend saw four people killed. Police and activists say racial tensions between black and Latino gangs is exacerbating the problem. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports in part two of a three-part series.

Violence Returns to Compton

In part one of a three part series, KPCC's Frank Stoltze looks at the city's ongoing struggle with violence. Murders were down for the first half of this year, but recently went up after the LA County Sheriff's department pulled deputies out of the city. Those deputies are once again patrolling the streets in an effort to stop the violence.

Life Inside a Gang

Ezequiel Arellano joined the Playboys gang at the age of 9, but in the past year he's disavowed gang life and is working to make sure other kids don't follow his path.

Federal Judge Orders Release of Alleged Hamas Supporter

The ACLU is calling on the federal government to release a Buena Park man accused of supporting terrorism. On Thursday and again Friday, a federal judge ordered 45-year-old Abdel-Jabbar Hamdan to be freed. But the government says he is a security risk and has vowed to keep him locked up. ACLU attorney Ranjana Natarajan represents Hamdan. She spoke with KPCC's Frank Stoltze about the case.

New Anti-Terrorism Center Opens

The FBI and local police on Tuesday opened a new Joint Regional Intelligence Center to fight terrorism. For the first time, the center puts anti-terrorism analysts from numerous agencies under one roof.

Quake Early Warning System Still in the Works

KPCC's Frank Stoltze talks to Cal Tech seismologist Kate Hutton about the prospects for an early warning system that would tip us off to an earthquake seconds before it hit.

Rampart Panel Calls for More Changes in the LAPD

A report by the Blue Ribbon Rampart Review Panel says the LAPD has taken some positive steps since the Rampart scandal, but the panel claims there's still a culture within the department that allows police brutality.

Thousands of Latinos Gather for Major LA Conference

More than 20,000 Latinos from around the country are meeting this week at the LA Convention Center for the National Council of La Raza's annual conference.