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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

Candidates Speak Out on Latest Poll

Following an LA mayoral debate, the candidates react to the new LA Times poll.

Storm Triggers Numerous Mudslides

The latest record storm to hit Southern California is making already saturated hillsides more unstable. In Silver Lake, a mudslide over the weekend brought down a house and forced evacuations.

Police Commission Holds Off on New Policy

Los Angeles Police Commission members came to an impasse over the wording of a new policy which would limit when officers can fire at moving vehicles.

Community Has Mixed Feelings About Shooting of Black Teenager

The officer-involved shooting of 13-year old Devin Brown has produced an array of reactions from African Americans in Leimert Park.

City Council Gives Thumbs Down To Police Tax

The LA County Council voted against putting a measure on the May ballot that would hike the city's sales tax by a half cent to fund more police officers.

Community Confronts Police Commission on Shooting of Black Teenager

About 75 residents and community leaders voiced their anger at a meeting of the LA Police Commission over the officer-involved shooting of 13-year old Devin Brown.

Officer in Stanley Miller Arrest Won't Face Charges

The LA County District Attorney's office has decided to not pursue charges against John Hatfield, the Los Angeles police officer who was videotaped hitting a black suspect with a flashlight.

Coast Guard Unveils New Port Security Device

A new sonar system will help the Coast Guard prevent the possibility of terrorists hiding underwater.

LA's City Attorney Wins Injunction Against Violent Gangs

Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo says an injunction will target three of South LA's most notorious gangs.

Authorities Release Tapes of Train Wreck 911 Call

Workers at the nearby Atwater Village Costco store were the first to notify authorities of the deadly train derailment in which 11 people were killed.

11 Killed in Glendale Train Wreck

Eleven people die and 180 are injured in a train crash involving two Metrolink commuter trains and an idle freight locomotive. Police arrest a man who allegedly left his SUV on the tracks in an aborted suicide attempt.

Local, State Agencies Form Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking

The FBI, LAPD, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and other agencies have formed a task force in Southern California to fight the growing problem of human trafficking.

Record-Breaking Storms Keep Firefighters Busy

Firefighters respond to mudslides, flooding, traffic accidents, and other emergencies caused by the recent storms.

Grief Envelops Southern California Thai Community Following the Devastating Tsunami

There are over 30,000 Thai immigrants living in Southern California. The community is keeping a close watch on the relief efforts in south Asia following the deadly tsunami.

Local Peace Delegation Delivers Humanitarian Aid To Iraq

Members of Code Pink, a women's peace group, join a delegation traveling to the Mideast. The group will donate medical supplies to Iraqi refugees.