Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Reporter

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez
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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

Governor signs law ending 15-year-old standardized tests

California will instead pilot a new, computerized test as part of transition to Common Core. Federal officials have threatened to fine state over testing limits.

One million California students truant last year

California Attorney General Kamala Harris said more prosecutors need to get involved in student attendance boards and state needs to improve truancy data.

LA college offers first yoga masters degree in US

Loyola Marymount University begins masters degree in yoga studies. Students will learn comparative religion, Sanskrit, and the anatomy of yoga.

Cal State trustees say needs far exceed state funding

Gov. Jerry Brown, who made a rare appearance at CSU's trustee meeting, told administrators they aren't the only ones asking for money.

Troubled Inglewood schools get turnaround expert

A state-appointed trustee hopes to turn around student and academic decline at Inglewood Unified School District.

Occidental College settles some sexual assault allegations

Dozens of current and former Occidental College students claim officials did not adequately investigate their rape cases. Some cases have been settled.

Washington softens reporting rules on new school tests

Federal education officials said Tuesday states using a new standardized test won't have to report results in the spring - but still have to give English and math tests.

First funding increase in seven years reaches schools

Administrators are just starting to figure out how to spend additional funds from the new Local Control Funding formula. Parents must be part of the process.

Bilingual brain doesn't switch, languages are always on

Penn State researchers now believe multiple languages in fluent bilinguals are always “on". Research showing benefits of bilingualism grows.

Legislature passes bill reducing student testing this year

Setting up a fight with the federal government, lawmakers voted to implement limited field test this year as state transitions to new learning standards

Inglewood Unified says more employees under investigation

The new head of the Inglewood Unified School District says at least five employees are under investigation for wrongdoing, including "payroll irregularities."

County wants to boost school budgets by raising attendance

Schools lose money when students are habitually absent. L.A. County officials are shining the spotlight on several school districts' successful anti-truancy efforts.

Uncertainty grows over California standardized testing

California public schools educators are grappling with a big question: will schools have to administer state standardized tests or not?

College admission agreement to help thousands of students

Cal State Fullerton, Saddleback College, and Irvine Valley College to streamline admissions for nearly automatic admission for community college students.

Teens turn adult put-downs into silkscreen art

Youth rarely forget hurtful words uttered by adults they admire and respect. An art exhibit tackles the subject through screen prints by teens.