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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

LA Mayor-Elect Villaraigosa Unveils Transition Team

Former Assembly speaker Bob Hertzberg will chair the 82-member transition team that includes leaders from business, labor, education, religion and the arts.

Federal Aviation Officials Approve LAX Master Plan

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the $11 billion plan to modernize LAX. The approval marks the final regulatory hurdle, but the controversial plan still faces challenges.

Student Journalists Charge Censorship in Lawsuit

Members of the East Bakersfield High School newspaper have sued their principal for pulling a story about gay students. The principal maintains he was worried about student safety.

Hahn Retires From Politics Following Election Loss

Outgoing LA mayor Jim Hahn announces he is giving up public life following his loss to Antonio Villaraigosa in the mayoral runoff election.

Hahn Loses First Citywide Election

Antonio Villaraigosa's victory in the LA mayoral runoff election ends nearly a quarter century in public office for Jim Hahn.

Federal Judge Decries Conditions Inside Men's Central Jail

A federal judge in Los Angeles is asking the county to come up with a plan to improve conditions inside Men's Central jail after visiting the facility earlier this week.

Community Leaders Call for Independent Probe of Compton Shooting

Compton residents express anger while community leaders call for an outside investigation after LA County Sheriff's deputies fire 120 shots at an unarmed man following a pursuit.

Hahn, Villaraigosa Take Divergent Approaches to Tackling Crime

Crime is consistently rated as the issue that matters most to LA voters, but both mayoral candidates differ on how to deal with the problem.

Signature Gatherers Play Role in Fate of Initiatives

With a record number of ballot initiatives circulating in California, it's up to signature gatherers like Dave Leach to make sure they get the attention of the voters.

Los Angeles Schools Step Up Police Patrols Following Rumors of Racial Violence

The Los Angeles Unified School District beefs up police presence on its campuses following an email rumor about racial violence against black students on Cinco De Mayo.

CHP Urges Calm Amid Series of Freeway Shootings

CHP officials are downplaying the recent incidents of car-to-car shootings on Southern California freeways. Four people have been killed and four others wounded since March.

Mayoral Candidates Debate in Koreatown

Mayor Jim Hahn defends his record in Koreatown while challenger Antonio Villaraigosa promises to work for all groups in a debate sponsored by the Korean American Political Empowerment Movement.

Villaraigosa Has Large Lead Over Hahn in Mayoral Poll

Mayoral challenger Antonio Villaraigosa and Mayor Jim Hahn react to an LA Times poll of likely voters which shows Villaraigosa with 18 point lead over Hahn.

Supervisors Grill Health Director on King/Drew

LA County Supervisors order County Health Director Dr. Thomas Garthwaite to take action following reports that medical lapses caused two more deaths at King/Drew Medical Center.

Mayoral Candidates Fight for African American Vote

Incumbent Jim Hahn and LA mayoral challenger Antonio Villaraigosa traded charges in a debate at the California African American Museum in Exposition Park.