Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Correspondent

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez
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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

Cal State trustees begin budget cuts process

For the first time since Gov. Jerry Brown announced $500,000 million in proposed cuts to the California State University, trustees of the system began the budget-cutting process Tuesday at their scheduled meeting in Long Beach.

Korean ambassador stumps in LA for free trade agreement

South Korea’s ambassador to the United States, Han Duk-soo, says a proposed free trade agreement between the two countries would create 70,000 jobs in the U.S. The trade proposal - still to be approved by Congress - has supporters and detractors in organized labor.

Big players silent on LA Unified endorsements

In a month-and-a-half, voters within L.A. Unified’s wide boundaries will be asked to cast ballots for four of the seven seats on the school district board of education. Observers say the result could radically shift the way the massive school district carries out its reforms. Others say that the campaigns have been particularly quiet for such a high-profile race.

Education researchers begin to piece together effects of California budget cuts

Education researchers are beginning to piece together the effects of the state’s fiscal crisis on schools. One study out today examines money that goes mainly to low-performing schools.

LA Unified officials say policies not adhered to in Gardena gun incident

Incoming L.A. Unified superintendent John Deasy said Wednesday that administrators at Gardena High School did not follow a long-standing weapons search policy Tuesday when a student brought a gun to campus. The gun discharged, apparently accidentally, and seriously injured two students.

Community calls for, against upped security in wake of Gardena High schooting

Los Angeles Unified School District officials leave it up to each campus to carry out daily random searches with metal detectors. District administrators on Tuesday didn't perform those checks when a 17-year-old boy brought a gun to Gardena High School in his backpack.

Student in custody after gun discharges at Gardena High School, injuring 2 students

Two students are in the hospital and one is in custody after a weapon fired, apparently accidentally, at Gardena High School yesterday.

Student in custody after gun goes off at Gardena High School injuring two students

Two Gardena High School students are in the hospital Tuesday — one in critical condition — after a gun discharged in their health class. Los Angeles Unified School District Police Chief Steve Zipperman told reporters in an afternoon briefing that a 17-year-old boy carried the firearm to school in a backpack.

Police believe Gardena High School shooting an accident; student in custody

Hundreds of Gardena High School students are home safe Tuesday evening after their campus was on lockdown after a gun fired in a classroom. Two students were injured by the bullet, one critically.

School district layoffs likely despite Governor's budget protections

Governor Jerry Brown has proposed protecting the state’s kindergarten-through-high school budget for the next fiscal year. L.A. Unified School District are moving forward with layoffs.

LA Unified moves to reconstitute Jordan High School

An employee said there was a mood of uncertainty at Jordan High School in Watts Wednesday. Los Angeles Unified’s superintendent moved this week to reconstitute the low-performing school in the coming months and force teachers and staff to reapply for their jobs.

Educators push critical thinking

Public school leaders and elected officials are set to meet at Fullerton College this evening to propose far-reaching reforms to the way students learn in the state.

Los Angeles Unified reconstitutes Jordan High School

For the second time in less than a year, L.A. Unified’s superintendent acted Wednesday to overhaul a low performing school by wiping the slate clean and forcing all employees to reapply for their jobs.

LA Unified officially appoints new superintendent

Los Angeles Unified’s board declined a traditional national search and today selected as its next superintendent a career schools administrator who’s worked with the district for six months.

Brown spares K-12 schools in budget cuts plan

Before he released his budget Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown’s warned Californians that he’d try to spread the pain evenly when he addressed the state’s looming budget gap. Education policymakers maintain the governor didn’t do that in his proposed cuts to publicly funded education.