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

Iconic LA teacher who led 1968 walkouts dies

Sal Castro, the Lincoln High School social studies teacher who inspired students to stage mass walkouts from classes to demand better school in 1968, died in his Silver Lake home Monday.

LAUSD teachers vote no confidence against Supt. John Deasy

LA Unified teachers overwhelmingly expressed disappointment with the district's leader. Union president says "the educational program is not on the right track."

California high school graduation rate up to 78 percent

California education officials announced Tuesday that despite years of budget cuts to schools, the state’s high school graduation rate inched up again last year.

UCLA report: Public school suspension policies do more harm than good

While suspension rates for Asian and white students remained largely unchanged from 1973-2010, the rates for African-American and Latino students doubled.

LA charter school founders convicted of embezzlement

Founders of a San Fernando Valley charter school have been convicted of multiple counts of embezzling public funds and filing filing false tax returns

University conference hopes to rally Southland education reformers

A TEDx conference at Loyola Marymount University on Saturday seeks to turn the traditional education conference on its head.

PCC newspaper advisor speaks about tensions at college

Students and faculty at Pasadena City College accuse the administration of suspending college newspaper advisor for covering growing tensions over class cancelations.

Southland school district to buy an iPad for every student

Coachella Valley Unified got the green light Tuesday to spend bond money to put an iPad in every student’s hand and a MacBook in every teacher's lap.

Administration, students and faculty clash at Pasadena City College

There's been tensions since trustees canceled the winter term, and now the faculty advisor to the campus newspaper has been placed on leave.

Big teachers unions want to be defendants in California teacher tenure lawsuit

California’s two largest public school teachers unions file to become defendants on a pending lawsuit that would radically change the teaching.

Report: cheating on standardized tests in majority of states

National watchdog group says cheating on standardized tests happens in 37 states across the country, with notable cases in Southern California.

After teen's death, hikers say Eaton Canyon should have better warnings

Hikers on Sunday at the popular trail in Altadena expressed sadness at the death of a 17-year-old girl two days earlier.

Annual Cesar Chavez march focuses on immigration reform

More than 1,500 people marched through the streets of Pacoima on Saturday to commemorate the civil rights struggles of the late labor leader.

First book with transgender theme makes it on CA schools reading list

Author Cris Beam was inspired by her time as a volunteer at a school for gay and transgender kids.

LA Unified school board blocks president from another term

In a 4-3 vote, LA Unified’s board of education prevented current board president Monica Garcia from running for a seventh term as president when the board convenes in July.