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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

Exploring the Redemption Argument

Condemned murderer Stanley "Tookie" Williams argues that he has turned his life around, but opponents say he has not taken responsibility for his crimes.

Federal Monitor Sees Work Ahead for the LAPD

The federal monitor who oversees reform at the LAPD says the department has progressed, but still falls short of complying with a 2001 consent decree.

Schwarzenegger Considers Clemency for 'Tookie' Williams

Governor Schwarzenegger will hold a hearing Thursday to decide whether to grant clemency to convicted murderer Stanley "Tookie" Williams, who is scheduled to be executed next Tuesday.

Cooley Declines to File Charges in the Devin Brown Case

LA County District Attorney Steve Cooley says he won't file charges against the officer who fatally shot 13-year old Devin Brown last February.

State Supreme Court Refuses to Block Execution of Crips Co-Founder

The California Supreme Court has denied the latest appeal by convicted killer Stanley "Tookie" Williams. The co-founder of the Crips gang is set to die Dec. 13 by lethal injection.

LAPD Puts Focus on Unsolved Crimes

The Los Angeles Police Department is assigning more detectives to work on unsolved murders in South LA. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with Charles Donaldson, whose son's murder remains unsolved.

LAPD Will Miss Deadline for Reforms

LAPD officials say the department will not make next year's deadline to comply with a federal consent decree. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with Gerald Chaleff, who is in charge of bringing the department in line with the decree.

Judge Sets Execution Date for Crips Co-Founder

An LA judge has set a December 13 execution date for Stanley "Tookie" Williams, the co-founder of the Crips who was convicted of murdering four people.

Sheriff's Officials Vow Investigation into Deadly Jail Beating

LA County Sheriff's officials are promising a full investigation into the fatal beating of an inmate at the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles. The incident marks the eighth murder of an inmate at the facility in the last two years.

WWII Vet Looks Back on Veterans Day

KPCC's Frank Stoltze stopped by the VA Hospital in Westwood to spend Veterans Day with Harry Corre, a patient's advocate at the facility.

Wesson is Strong Favorite in 10th District Race

Former State Assembly Speaker Herb Wesson is a heavy favorite over two little known opponents in the 10th District LA City Council race. Wesson's rivals include a photographer and the owner of a private security firm.

Roybal Remembered as Pioneer in Latino Politics

Influential Latino politicians joined hundreds of others at a funeral mass for Ed Roybal, who died last week at the age of 89. Roybal was the first Latino on the LA City Council and the first Latino Congressman from California in modern history.

Educators Struggle with How to Fix Jefferson High

The final part of a two-part series on South LA's troubled Jefferson High School looks at an effort to transform the campus into several smaller charter schools.

Jefferson High Becomes Focus of School Reform Efforts

In part one of a two-part series on South LA's troubled Jefferson High School, KPCC's Frank Stoltze caught up with a student to discuss the school's recent problems.

Police Agencies Combat Compton's Rising Murder Rate

LA County Sheriff's deputies and other agencies launched a crackdown earlier this month on suspected criminals in Compton, where there has been a spike in murders.