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

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.

Accreditation panel puts Pasadena City College on probation

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges found significant problems with how the college is run, but not serious enough to close the campus.

Efforts against Confederacy names, Ku Klux Klan film director spread in California

A state bill would bar state and local properties from taking the names of Confederacy leaders and a petition calls for D.W. Griffith's name to be struck from a school.

Summertime not easy living for some LAUSD students

Increases in funding after years of cuts helped more Los Angeles Unified campuses open up summer classes, just in time for tougher graduation requirements.

Cal State students bound for Havana as Cuba travel opens

Student journalists will report on Cuba in an exchange program between California State University Fullerton and the University of Havana.

Inglewood schools leader balances budget, says he's leaving

Inglewood Unified's school board gave up local control in 2012 when it asked for a state bailout loan to avoid bankruptcy. It'll remain in receivership for years.

Study challenges previous research on special ed students

A new report questions the basis for efforts to limit services for minority students overrepresented in special ed programs.