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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

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.

Obama Rallies for Support, Campaign Cash in the Southland

Illinois Senator Barack Obama on Tuesday made his first trip to Los Angeles since he announced his candidacy for president. Several thousand people showed up to a rally at Rancho Cienega Park in West Adams, prior to a star-studded Beverly Hills fundraiser.

Commission Sounds Alarm Over DNA Backlog

A new report calls on the state legislature to immediately address the backlog of DNA samples at the state crime lab. The emergency report issued by the California Commission for the Fair Administration of Justice says that rapists may be on the loose and innocent people may be locked up because the lab has failed to process the samples.

Police Chief Defends Decision to Name Gangs

L.A. Police Chief Bill Bratton on Thursday responded to criticism over his decision to name the city's 11 worst gangs. Critics say it will only enhance the gangs' notoriety.

Police, Skid Row Residents Shocked by Latest Case of Patient Dumping

Police say a paraplegic man whom a hospital van allegedly dumped on Skid Row was a longtime resident of the San Fernando Valley. Witnesses say someone in a van from Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital dropped the man off on at the corner of Sixth and Gladys on Thursday morning. Officials at the hospital say they are looking into the incident.

Transnational Gang Conference Opens in L.A.

Top U.S. and Central American law enforcement officials began a three-day transnational gang summit in Los Angeles Wednesday. Authorities say gangs including MS-13 and 18th Street are a growing menace on both sides of the border.

Gang Expert Sees Ceasefires as Key to Stopping Gang Violence

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa later this week will release his plan to address a 14% jump in gang crime. One gang expert thinks that ceasefires brokered by former gang members are an important step in the process.