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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

Presidential Candidates Woo Democrats at State Convention

All the major Democratic presidential candidates spoke at the California state party convention this past weekend in San Diego. KPCC's Frank Stoltze talked with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about what the candidates had to say and what delegates took away from the weekend gathering.

Presidential Candidates Woo Democrats at State Convention

All the major Democratic presidential candidates spoke at the California state party convention this past weekend in San Diego. KPCC's Frank Stoltze talked with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about what the candidates had to say and what delegates took away from the weekend gathering.

Lancaster State Prison Offers Glimpse into Overcrowding Problem

California State Prison, Los Angeles holds three times the number of prisoners it is supposed to hold and serves as an example of the state's overcrowding crisis. KPCC's Frank Stoltze recently got a first-hand look at the problem.

L.A. Mayor Releases Budget Proposal

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled a spending plan Thursday that would allocate more money to the LAPD, and would increase funds for gang prevention.

City Attorney Provides Path to Get Off Gang Injunctions

Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo unveiled new gang injunction guidelines Monday. Under the new policies, gang members can petition his office to be removed from an injunction. The change follows years of complaints from parents and civil libertarians who said the court orders trip up young men who are not gang members.

Community Reacts to Pending Deportation of Fellow Bangladeshi

Bangladeshis in Southern California are roiled over the pending deportation of a man convicted of participating in the 1975 assassination of that country's first president. Mohiuddin Ahmed says he's innocent, but many of his compatriots don't believe him.

Meth Epidemic Takes Toll on Gay Community

Crystal methamphetamine is a powerful drug that's exploded in popularity in Southern California and around the country this decade. Among the hundreds of thousands of lives it's ruined are those of many gay men.

Anger Bubbles Over at Gang Hearing

Civil Rights attorney Connie Rice excoriated the Los Angeles City Council Thursday for its failure to put more money into gang prevention programs. Her tough words came during a hearing in South Los Angeles by the State Senate Public Safety Committee.

Bangladesh Wants U.S. to Fast-Track Deportation of L.A. Man

A spokesman for the government of Bangladesh wants the United States to speed up its plans to deport a former Bangladeshi diplomat living in Los Angeles. A Bangladeshi court sentenced Mohiuddin Ahmed in absentia for helping assassinate the country's first leader. Ahmed says he's innocent.

Former Bangladeshi Diplomat's Deportation Delayed

Homeland Security has delayed the deportation of a former Bangladeshi diplomat who lives in Southern California. A Bangladeshi court convicted Mohiuddin Ahmed of participating in the 1975 assassination of that country's leader. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about the case.

Former Bangladeshi Diplomat's Deportation Delayed

Homeland Security has delayed the deportation of a former Bangladeshi diplomat who lives in Southern California. A Bangladeshi court convicted Mohiuddin Ahmed of participating in the 1975 assassination of that country's leader. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about the case.

Bangladeshi Set for Deportation Talks Exclusively to KPCC

Mohiuddin Ahmed spoke exclusively to KPCC's Frank Stoltze Monday in a telephone interview from the Immigration Detention Center in San Pedro. Ahmed said he did not plan the coup, but he did support the removal of Bangladesh's first leader Sheikh Mujib Rahman, a man he said had become a dictator.

Mahony Accused of Misleading Parishioners

Cardinal Roger Mahony came under fire Tuesday, following reports he misled parishioners about what he knew about sexual abuse by a priest in the Los Angeles Archdiocese. The Los Angeles Times reports that Mahony offered differing accounts of one suspect priest's activities.

Southland Hospitals May Test ER Patients for HIV

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging Southern California hospitals to test all emergency room patients for HIV. The CDC also wants the test to produce results within an hour. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with Dr. Bernard Branson of the CDC.

Lakers Legend Honored at City Hall

L.A. City Hall honored basketball legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar during a black history month celebration. The former Laker won six championships during his career, and remains the NBA's all time leading scorer.