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

California attorney general warns of student loan scams

Average student loan debt amount in California — about $20,000 — is much lower than in most other states, but the number of people graduating with debt is growing.

LAUSD reports few problems as data system handles first day of school

The Los Angeles Unified officials report no major problems as the student data system's handles first-day traffic.

Back to school to test readiness of LAUSD data system

As students return to class Tuesday, Los Angeles Unified district officials express confidence in the MiSiS data system that last year created havoc for many pupils.

LAUSD teacher Rafe Esquith files suit, district adds new charges

Los Angeles Unified says investigators revealed serious allegations against well-known Los Angeles Unified teacher Rafe Esquith. His attorney said the district is acting like a criminal cartel.

Summer algebra camp for black students aims to open doors to college

Community churches worked with the California State University to run summer classes helping African American students get up to speed on the math classes required for college entry.

New law bars revelation of child's immigration status in civil suits

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill, prompted by Miramonte lawsuits, that prevents release of the immigration status of children in civil suits where damages could be awarded.

Jerry Heller helped bring N.W.A 'Straight Outta Compton'

The new movie "Straight Outta Compton" tells the story of how the group N.W.A. broke out, and way down the list of IMDb credits is Paul Giamatti as Jerry Heller. But Heller was instrumental in N.W.A.'s success.

USC art professor resigns amid department troubles

USC's MFA program graduated renowned artists, but the entire first-year class withdrew in May over a recent downsizing of the program.

Court monitor prompts fixes to LAUSD special ed program

Los Angeles Unified agreed to better train its staff and carry out other changes to address problems with its special education services.

Teachers: more training needed to better teach Common Core

Teachers feel professional development is the missing piece in their effort to begin mastering the new Common Core learning standards.

LAUSD food services chief resigns after critical audit

David Binkle, L.A. Unified's food services division head, stepped down after managing a $341 million budget and a division that serves half a million students daily.

Rise in high school students taking community college

For years, community colleges have allowed high school students to enroll but the rules favor high-achieving students. Administrators want to open the doors wider.

Inglewood schools take step toward badly needed repairs

Inglewood Unified has been sitting on $90 million in bonds funds to fix dilapidated schools. A new citizens' oversight committee allows the repairs to proceed.

LAUSD audit finds mismanagement, ethical violations in food services division

Los Angeles Unified overhauled its food division to cut costs and make meals more appetizing. The changes led to mismanagement and ethical violations, an audit found.

New teachers learning to reduce student stress and their own

Los Angeles Unified's newest teachers are attending summer workshops that teach them techniques in reducing stress, for their students' sake and their own health.