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

There's new summer college aid, but will students get it?

The federal Pell grant is not available for college students taking summer classes. The goal is to help students get ahead and graduate faster.

Research says student well-being is higher in diverse schools

Students in ethnically and racially diverse schools do more to bridge differences. Researchers say that leads to fewer feelings of loneliness, insecurity.

California State University could ax remedial placement test

The Cal State placement test, used to decide on remedial classes, could be a thing of the past. Now administrators could use other measures, like grades.

Teens in anti-gambling program gather in Anaheim

About 10 percent of youth have gambling problems while about four percent of adults have problems controlling their gambling.

Community college vote could squeeze out local businesses

Administrators at the L.A. Community College District say the current ad hoc system means food service and quality isn't what it needs to be.

California schools' test scores, other data goes mobile

California school officials have built an app to make California school data accessible on a mobile phone, though geo-location.

Cal State LA to close spring admissions for 3rd year

Too many qualified fall applicants mean the university can't afford to allow new students in the spring, hurting community college transfer students.

Big funding disparities at developmental disability centers

California funds 21 regional centers that treat people with developmental disabilities such as epilepsy and autism. Wide funding gaps exist.

CSU prisoner reintegration program graduates its first students

The goal is to reintegrate former prisoners into society and to help remove the stigma that may come after prisoners have completed their incarceration.

State wage hike could mean lights out for after-school programs

A 2002 ballot measure created state funded after-school programs, but now there's not enough money to keep all of them open, advocates say.

Trump effect: Fewer foreign applications to US colleges

Nearly 40 percent of institutions represented in a recent survey reported a drop in applications from international students.

"Avocado" is from Nahuatl, is the same word as "testicle"

English has borrowed more than a few words from the ancient language of the Aztecs, including avocado and coyote.

Questions linger over closure of Whittier Law School

Whittier College sold it's law school property for $35 million three months before making the decision to close the law school. Faculty said they were blindsided.

Pasadena schools turn realtors into allies

By training realtors about the progress of Pasadena public schools, administrators hope to attract families who may have been tempted to educate their kids elsewhere.

Cal State's remedial program isn't helping students

Nearly 25,000 incoming freshmen enrolled in California State University's remedial summer program in 2016. The program is called Early Start.