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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

Mayor Talks Education as 100-Day Mark Approaches

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa mulled over his first 100 days in office and unveiled a set of education proposals in a speech at USC.

Skid Row Workers Not Surprised by 'Homeless Dumping' Reports

People who work and live on Skid Row say it is no secret that outside police agencies drop off homeless people in downtown Los Angeles. Some police agencies admit to the practice, but say there's a good reason for it

Residents Relieved as Firefighters Gain Upper Hand on Topanga Blaze

Evacuated residents return home as firefighters get close to containing the nearly 26,000 acre Topanga fire. The blaze destroyed three homes.

Hundreds Evacuated as Fire Burns Near Chatsworth

A brush fire in the hills along the border between LA and Ventura counties burned at least 17,000 acres and consumed one single family home during the first 24 hours.

Probation Officers Stage One-Day Walkout

Los Angeles County probation officers walked off the job for a day to protest stalled contract talks. The workers say their job is increasingly dangerous and they're calling for better retirement benefits. [image]

LA Officials Launch 'Operation Pothole'

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joins street service workers to launch "Operation Pothole," a concerted effort to fill 35,000 potholes by the end of December.

NTSB Opens Investigation Into Jet Blue Emergency

The National Transportation Safety Board is launching an investigation into Wednesday's emergency landing of a Jet Blue plane at LAX. The agency says the plane's landing gear problem may not be isolated.

Governor Signs Legislation Outlawing Human Trafficking

Governor Schwarzenegger signed a bill that will make it easier for local district attorneys to prosecute human trafficking, which is already banned under federal law.

New Principal Sees Better Times Ahead for Jefferson High

Jefferson High Principal Juan Flecha says the South LA school has implemented changes this year which should create less opportunity for racial tension

LAPD Chief Calls for Community Involvement in Police Training

LAPD Chief Bill Bratton says he wants to involve residents in the training of cops, following several controversial police shootings in recent months.

Hurricane Refugee Hopes to Make New Start in Los Angeles

As part of a series on the hurricane evacuees who are staying in Southern California, KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with Greg Johnson, who is looking to make a new life for himself in the Southland after growing up around drugs and violence.

Southern Californians Reach Out to Hurricane Evacuees

Latisse Mills of South Central Los Angeles is one of the many volunteers in Southern California who are going the extra mile to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Hurricane Evacuee Celebrates Birthday in Southland

21-year old Brandon McIntyre is staying at the Dream Center in Echo Park, along with many other refugees of Hurricane Katrina. His parents remain in Baton Rouge, but he came to Southern California for "the experience."

Echo Park Ministry Houses Hurricane Katrina Evacuees

The Dream Center in Echo Park is housing more than a hundred evacuees of Hurricane Katrina, including 48-year old Joclyn Cash, who is staying there with her daughter, two grandsons, and eight other members of her extended family. Her father remains missing in New Orleans.

Local Doctors Return From Emotional New Orleans Trip

A team of Southland doctors and nurses held an emotional news conference describing their experiences treating hurricane victims in New Orleans.