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

United Teachers Los Angeles protests school district reform

L.A. Unified’s teachers’ union organized protests today and for next week against school district administrators. The union is upset that the superintendent has tentatively allowed outside groups to assume control of new and low-performing campuses.

Nonprofit groups get nod to run LAUSD schools

After neighborhood meetings, a vote involving thousands of people, and expert review, L.A. Unified’s superintendent released today the list of groups he’s recommending to administer 36 new and low-performing campuses.

LAUSD superintendent resigns from Scholastic board

Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines said today he is resigning from the board of directors of a major textbook publisher with millions of dollars in contracts with the school district.

State to audit University of California finances

State legislators concerned about what they call misplaced priorities and poor decision-making have approved a fiscal audit of the University of California.

LAUSD board agrees to place parcel tax on June ballot

Facing a projected $640 million dollar funding deficit next fiscal year, the Los Angeles Unified School District voted today to place a $100 parcel tax measure on the June ballot that could generate $90 million annually.

Book supplier paid LAUSD chief $150K last year

Ethics watchdogs say they’re troubled that Los Angeles Unified’s superintendent is supplementing his salary with money paid by a large company that sells reading material and services to the school district.

Pasadena Unified at odds with union over contract

Pasadena Unified’s school superintendent says contract talks with the teachers union are at an impasse – so a mediator should step in.

La Cañada braces for storms

The rains aren’t offering much of a break in the La Cañada Foothills.

3 Cal State Fullerton language degrees may be on chopping block

Cal State Fullerton is considering whether to eliminate degrees in French, German, and Portuguese.

Irvine, the undiscovered beatbox capital?

For decades, young, urban African Americans dominated the vocal percussion known as beat boxing. Now, there’s a Hassidic Jewish beatboxer, beatboxing’s a hit on French television, and last year a British young woman took a top prize at an international competition. A group of high school students wants to put suburban Irvine on the beatbox map.

Charter schools segregated, UCLA report warns

Public charter schools in the Southland and the rest of the country are increasingly segregated, UCLA researchers outline in a report released today. That’s leading, they contend, to unequal educational opportunities.

LAPD Deputy Chief McDonnell named new Long Beach police chief

Long Beach city officials announced today they’ve hired Jim McDonnell — a protégé of former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton — as chief of Long Beach’s 1,000 officer department.

LAUSD begins reform process of low performing schools

A first-of-its-kind experiment began today at dozens of Los Angeles Unified School District campuses. Teacher-led groups are competing with non-profit organizations to run 36 new and low-performing campuses in the district.

Parents, teachers and students vote on LAUSD campus reform plans

Voting begins this morning as the Los Angeles Unified School District allows parents, teachers, and students to cast an advisory vote on which non-profit groups should run three dozen low-performing and new campuses.

Public art needed for MTA's Orange Line extension

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is looking for a few good artists to enliven passengers’ waiting time.