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

At least 25 injured after stage collapses at Servite High

About 25 students were injured Saturday night after the stage collapsed beneath them at a rally at Servite High School in Anaheim.

At Democratic convention: Protesters, talk of growing party

The California Democratic Party's annual convention in L.A. is tackling how to grow the party in the face of declining affiliation. Some protesters brought their own concerns.

Feds green-light California testing plan, ending stand off

California and federal education officials were in a standoff for months over the state's reduced testing this year - and plan to keep scores secret.

Lawmaker wants to stop 'excessive' school administrator pay

The $663,000 yearly compensation for the superintendent of the Centinela Valley high school district is under scrutiny. School officials say they were transparent.

Eli Broad appoints head of philanthropic education efforts

The wealthy philanthropist, who has donated $800 million for education reform efforts, chose Washington veteran Bruce Reed to lead his foundation.

Meet East LA's El Haru Kuroi

KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez crashes a rehearsal by El Haru Kuroi, an East L.A. band with musical roots in Mexico, South America, and Africa.

Cal State freshmen behind in math, English

More than 40 percent of Cal State entering freshmen can't do college level math, English or both. They end up in remediation classes.

Deadline nears for LA Schools board seat election

Tuesday is the last day to file. Eight candidates have already announced their intent to run in the June 3rd special election for L.A. Unified's district 1.

LAO: Reject Gov. Brown's college funding plan

Gov. Brown is proposing a $1.2 billion funding increase for public colleges next fiscal year, but the legislative analyst's office wants funding goals.

First student takes stand in trial over teacher protections

Teacher effectiveness is on trial in a Los Angeles courtroom. The case is called Vergara v. California and student plaintiffs began testifying Monday.

Local teens turn Constitution learning into team sport

At Arcadia High, learning the U.S. Constitution is cool. The school's Constitution Team has won the national championship two times.

California task force warns of crisis in civics education

The group says public schools have done away with civics education in recent years as mandatory testing has forced educators to focus on math and English.

Remembering civil rights hero Fred Korematsu

Korematsu unsuccessfully fought internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. His conviction was overturned in 1983 and he became a civil rights hero.

LA schools chief: Doing 'good job' firing bad teachers

Vergara v. California trial centers on whether five teacher job protection laws shelter bad teachers and lead to students not getting an adequate education.

Lawyers challenge California teacher protections in trial

California teacher job protections are on trial in an LA County courtroom. The case is called Vergara v. State of California.