Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Education Correspondent

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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

Director of LACMA Resigns After Decade-Long Run

Andrea Rich announces she will step down from her post as director of the LA County Museum of Art. She leaves as the museum is set to break ground on a $150 million construction project.

African American Writer Chosen For LA Reading Program

LA Mayor Jim Hahn announces "Little Scarlet" by Walter Mosley as this year's pick for the "One Book, One City" reading initative. The program is intended to promote literacy and civic unity.

Long Beach High School Beats Odds on Drop Outs

A Harvard University study reveals more students drop out in California than officially reported. Poly High in Long Beach is cited as being successful in preventing drop outs.

Father of Chicano Music Dies

Seminal Chicano folk musician Lalo Guerrero died March 17 at the age of 88. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez spoke to Guerrero in 2003 when the LA County Board of Supervisors declared "Lalo Guerrero Day."

Educators, Parents Gather to Push High School Reform

More than 300 parents, teachers and administrators meet at a conference in Manhattan Beach with the goal of making high schools better places for learning.

Racial Tensions Erupt at Valley High School

Several students are injured during a fight between Armenians and Latinos at Grant High School in Valley Glen. A community forum is held to discuss ways to bring an end to the racial violence.

US, Mexican Museum Leaders Pledge Cooperation

Museum officials from the US and Mexico hold a two-day meeting at the LA County Museum of Art. The directors hope for a better exchange of art between the two countries.

New Teachers Union Leaders Call For Major Reforms

The incoming leadership slate at the United Teachers of Los Angeles is vowing across-the-board changes in education.

Historic Los Feliz Structure Red-Tagged

The Ennis-Brown House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, was briefly declared uninhabitable because of concerns the recent storm may have harmed the structure's foundation. Preservation efforts on the building continue.

Hertzberg Hopes to Rise Above Pack

In the first of five profiles of LA mayoral candidates, former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg makes a name for himself by putting forth bold proposals such as breaking up the Los Angeles Unified School District and releasing an unusual TV ad.

Funeral Held for Black Teenager Shot By Cop

More than 400 people attend the services for Devin Brown, the African American teenager who was killed in an officer-involved shooting in LA.

Teachers Unions Vow to Fight Merit Pay Proposal

The second of two reports on Governor Schwarzenegger's plan to base teachers' pay on performance examines union opposition to the proposal.

An LA County School's Experiment with Merit Pay

The first of two reports on Governor Schwarzenegger's plan to base teachers' pay on performance examines a school where merit pay has been called a success

Music Merchants Pound the Drum for Music Education

As the International Music Products Association holds its trade show in Anaheim, some say the poor state of music education doesn't bode well for the industry.

Cleanup Begins After Record-Setting Storm

Boat owners at the Long Beach Marina are cleaning up from a storm that washed tons of debris into local waterways.