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

Bobby Salcedo's funeral mass underway

A funeral mass is underway in El Monte for Bobby Salcedo, a popular educator who was shot and killed while on vacation New Year's Eve in Durango, Mexico. He and several other men were pulled from a bar, kidnapped, and executed. (Audio: KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez is at the Nativity Church in El Monte.)

Bobby Salcedo killing resonates among Southland visitors to Mexico

Burial is scheduled today for El Monte educator Bobby Salcedo, one week after gunmen killed him in a drug cartel hot zone in Northern Mexico.

Consul general says travel to Mexico still safe, if precautions taken

Burial is scheduled this week for Bobby Salcedo, a popular El Monte educator fatally shot in Mexico on New Year’s Eve. Mexico’s consul general in Los Angeles says the incident, while tragic, shouldn’t discourage travel to Mexico.

Pasadena charter school employs 'chasers' to help dropouts graduate

Teenagers drop out of school for many reasons – social, psychological, family stresses and academic challenges. Learning Works charter school in Pasadena employs more than half a dozen young people, some only a couple of years out of high school, to chase down dropouts, check on their performance and help them keep a lid on the drama in their lives.

Pasadena charter school graduates chronic dropouts

In less than two years the Learning Works charter school in Pasadena has helped many chronic dropouts and minors on probation to finish their studies and earn high school diplomas.

Otis College toy design students adapt to industry trends

The holiday season is the most important time of the year for toy manufacturers and retailers. It's also when some local college students aiming for careers in the toy industry finish their studies.

United Teachers Los Angeles sues to stop handover of 24 new schools

Within months, the Los Angeles Unified School District is set to green-light petitions from outside groups — including charter school operators — to run newly-built campuses. The school district’s teachers union announced today it’s suing to stop that process.

LA Mayor Villaraigosa taps new education deputy

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has gone outside of California to pick a new advisor on education issues.

Ukrainian billionaire philanthropist appointed new MOCA trustee

The Museum of Contemporary Art is making strides to improve its ledger and strengthen its administration. The Los Angeles museum announced today it’s added three trustees to its board, including a jet-setting Ukrainian industrialist.

LA Unified targets ineffective beginning teachers

Ineffective teachers are in the crosshairs of L.A. Unified schools superintendent Ramon Cortines. Cortines announced today administrators will do more to weed out incompetent beginning teachers before they gain tenure.

Artist paints last meals of executed death row inmates

A new exhibit at the Luckman Art Gallery at Cal State Los Angeles delves into the social, political and historical aspects of food.

Teachers and students protest campus takeover by LAUSD Superintendent

Teachers and students of Fremont High School in South Los Angeles protested over plans by L.A. Unified's superintendent to take over the chronically low-performing campus next year and force every employee to reapply for their jobs.

Preparation and support faulty for many California teachers

Many teachers in public high schools aren’t getting the preparation and support they need to carry out school district-mandated reforms, according to a study commissioned by the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning.

Jewish centers and schools reach out during Hanukkah

Jews around the world celebrate the festival of Hanukkah for eight nights, beginning tonight. Some Southland Jewish institutions take the economy into account during their observances.

Long Beach telephone workers protest job losses

Some Southland telephone workers who answer and help maintain emergency and information call services will join the ranks of the unemployed this month. The labor union that represents them staged a large protest rally today outside their building in Long Beach.