Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Reporter

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Adolfo Guzman-Lopez is an education reporter for KPCC. He's been a reporter at the station since 2000.

After college, in the mid-1990s, Guzman-Lopez began reporting freelance arts and culture stories, mostly about the red-hot rock en español scene, to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, and the Tijuana newspaper La Tarde. He got his first public radio job at KPBS-FM in San Diego in 1996 as a news talk show producer. He freelanced radio features to Latino USA, Marketplace and other national shows. At KPBS he hosted and produced a daily, Gen-X arts and culture show called "The Lounge" which featured in-studio performances by Howard Jones and Sean Lennon with the band Cibo Matto.

Guzman-Lopez's reporting at KPCC has included the South Gate city hall corruption scandal; the L.A. mayoral campaigns of James Hahn and Antonio Villaraigosa; the SB1070 protests in Phoenix, the 2007 May Day melee; and coverage of L.A. Unified Superintendents Roy Romer, David Brewer, Ramon Cortines, and John Deasy.

Guzman-Lopez was born in Mexico City and grew up in Tijuana and San Diego.He now lives in Long Beach with his wife and two kids and is always open to hear traffic tips for the 110, 710, or the 5 freeways to downtown L.A.

Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Unpaid retail jobs for LA high school credits draw criticism

School districts in Burbank, Garden Grove and Los Angeles offer retail merchandising for high school students who work unpaid in large stores.

Parents want LA schools magnet application improved

The California Department of Education says Los Angeles Unified's magnet school enrollment ballooned in recent years.

CSU hires systemwide sexual harassment compliance officer

Two CSU campuses didn't do enough to post sexual assault policies or train employees, according to a June 2014 legislative audit.

Top LA school officials ignored red flags in flawed data system

Latest problem with L.A. Unified's data system delays elementary school report cards for a week, impacting parent-teacher conferences.

LA schools teacher travel ban snags students' field trip

L.A. Unified's superintendent said that too many teachers are requesting substitutes for out-of-classroom activities, prompting a ban on teacher travel.

Class scheduling mistakes equal high stakes for one student

“They were just being patient but you could see frustration in their eyes,” 12th-grader Jason Magaña said about hundreds of students with incorrect schedules.

LA Unified system creating errors in student transcripts

“If it’s unfixable then we’ll deal with that when we get to it,” said a L.A. Unified board member about flawed $130 million student data system.

Jefferson High class scheduling fix-it plan may fall short

ACLU wants school officials to detail how they came up with the number of students who lost class time because of a new student data system.

Despite pay, new LA schools supe says he won't use Deasy

Superintendent Ramon Cortines says he won't be calling on resigned Superintendent Deasy for advice, despite reports that the district will pay the former supe $60,000 as a paid adviser through the end of this calendar year.

Cortines a familiar face at LA Unified, but is he the right choice?

Ramon Cortines has led the school districts in Pasadena, San Francisco, and New York City. He's now taking over as L.A. Unified superintendent for the third time.

$1.1M Jefferson High plan approved by school board

Los Angeles Unified plan calls for spending $1.1 million to fund an additional 30-minute school day, add 15 new class sections, and increase support personnel.

Judge tells state to fix problems at LA's Jefferson High

A judge is ordering California officials to get involved in fixing scheduling and class assignment problems, which he says unconstitutionally deprived students.

Parents, students focus on schools as Deasy evaluated

Students and parents may not know all about the politics swirling around the Superintendent John Deasy. What do they care about? The classroom.

High school throws a party to help kids apply to college

Administrators at the UCLA Community School, a public school in Koreatown, believe a strong safety net of adult support is what students need for college admission.

Big holes in California website disclosing educators’ pay

“I think people should ask their local leaders to do the right thing, to share the information,” said California's Controller about charter schools' salary data.