Kit Stolz

Kit (for blog)



Kit moved to Upper Ojai in 1991 with his family, after living in Los Angeles and working for many years for Paramount Pictures as a story analyst. In 2013 he helped organize a panel discussion on drought at the Ojai Retreat, and in 2014 he helped the Ojai Chautauqua organize panel discussions on fracking, immigration, and income inequality. When not working or visiting with friends, Stolz likes backpacking, and is currently about halfway through section-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, which he hopes to finish this decade.

Kit has been reporting on science, the environment, health, and a variety of other topics in and around Ventura County for nearly twenty years. He has written hundreds of newspaper stories for the Ventura County Star, the Ventura County Reporter, the Santa Barbara Independent, and the Ojai Valley News, as well as for publications such as the California Health Report, Civil Eats, High Country Times, and essays, reviews, and profiles for the likes of the Los Angeles Times, Sierra, the Georgia Review, and Wild Earth. He won a Climate Action award in 2012 from the Ventura County Board of Supervisors for his reporting on climate issues, and a Best Investigative Reporting award, in 2015, 2nd place, from the California Newspapers Publishers Association for his story on, “The Hazardous Truth,” about the explosion in November 2014 at Santa Clara Waste Water in Santa Paula.