Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Correspondent

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez
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Adolfo reports on K-12 education and higher education for Southern California Public Radio.

He’s been a reporter at SCPR since 2000 and in that time has covered many different types of stories including elections, transportation, fires, and the arts. His most memorable stories are the on-site reports at the 2007 May Day Melee protests at L.A.’s MacArthur Park, a fatal apartment collapse that shed light on L.A.'s dearth of housing inspectors, University of California students coping with hunger, South Gate overcoming political corruption, the 25th anniversary of L.A.’s seminal 1977 punk rock scene, social work interns helping students from military families cope, political dirty tricks funded by public funds in the Inglewood Unified School District, a profile of prominent L.A. poet Wanda Coleman, and a feature about Adolfo’s name appearing on the TV show "The Simpsons".

Adolfo's awards include the 2006 L.A. Press Club’s Radio Journalist of the Year and a regional Edward R. Murrow honor.

2016 is Adolfo’s 20th year in public radio news. He was hired in 1996 by KPBS-FM in San Diego as a producer for the daily news talk show These Days. He lives in Long Beach with his wife and kids.


Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Half of Orange County's registered voters went to the polls

After three weeks registrar Neal Kelley says his office has finished counting votes. The official turnout was 49.6 percent of registered voters.

Summer school helps wealthier students get further ahead

School districts in affluent communities offer summer school classes for about $700. They're free in poorer areas but are used mostly to make up for a failing grade.

CSU campuses taking action to identify food insecurity

CSU's Food and Housing Security Conference addressed the access to Cal Fresh benefits, among other things. Many students who qualify don't apply.

KPCC education reporter gets schooled at high school commencement

"How to write a commencement speech" spits out 799,000 results. Crowd source your commencement speech, what good are your followers and friends anyway?

Pro-charter school group says it'll help traditional schools

Great Public Schools Now is managing the charter school expansion plan promoted by philanthropist Eli Broad. The group says it'll fund traditional schools too.

A college savings account for every LAUSD student?

The LAUSD school board is considering a plan to open a college savings account for every student, hoping to ease their path to college completion.

UCLA launches task force on campus safety after shooting

Students and administrators at UCLA are examining campus safety after a murder-suicide earlier this month that left a beloved engineering professor dead.

Election 2016 results: Hahn, Barger, Do leading in supes races

As of midnight Wednesday, Janice Hahn and Kathryn Barger led their respective races for a Los Angeles County Supervisor seat.

UCLA shooting raises concern for training on student aggression

Professors say they see UCLA shooting as a sign to look out for students in distress. Some campuses are increasing their mental health services and outreach.

Should school staff get unemployment during the summer?

The Assembly is expected to vote Wednesday on a plan to give unemployment benefits to janitors, cafeteria workers and other classified staff during the summer, when there isn't much work.

Big change to UC application stressing students out

The personal statement is an important part of the University of California application. This year, the system is doubling the number of essays applicants are required to write.

Advocates: More transparency needed for new education funds

School districts make financial reports available to the public, but advocates say those reports are missing a lot of funding information.

California graduation rates up for struggling students

Latino, African American, American Indian, and English learner students are improving their graduation rates more than the statewide average.

Report: California making strides with English learners

Some California schools are tackling English learner education by targeting students who've been in the programs for five years or more.

California lags in personal finance education

A 2013 law tried to get better financial literacy instruction into California schools. But so far, teachers and advocates say, that effort has failed.