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

[Updated] LAUSD chief Ramon Cortines is retiring

After a year and a half in the job, L.A. Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines says he's retiring from the school district in the spring. He says the long days and the workload during the budget crisis of the last few years has taken a toll on him.

Opponents of Arizona law to stage Friday benefit concert

Kanye West, Joe Satriani, Ozomatli and two dozen other major acts have signed on to a musicians’ boycott of Arizona. The coalition said today a Friday benefit concert could raise $350,000 for Arizona activists challenging that state’s new immigration law.

Two cities receive NEA arts grants

Two Southern California cities are among 21 to score major grants from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Cuts force LA public libraries to close Mondays

In a severe cost cutting move, Los Angeles elected officials closed all 73 libraries in the L.A. Public Library system today. The branches will close all future Mondays until further notice.

UC predicts large increase in community college transfer students

Figures the University of California released today suggest that the first-year student body this fall will be slightly more diverse and older than usual.

Activists in Westminster want city to adopt anti-illegal immigrant ordinance

The city of Westminster is the latest to debate whether to support Arizona’s move to enforce federal immigration law. Supporters of the Arizona law plan to make their case at tonight’s Westminster city council meeting.

Long Beach Unified moves forward with more teacher layoffs

The Long Beach Unified school board voted Monday to send layoff notices to more than 350 district employees by the end of this week.

Education activists sue state over public funding

Lawyers and education activists who successfully sued to increase education funding in California a decade ago filed a lawsuit today alleging the state is not living up to the constitutional guarantee of providing children an adequate public education.

MOCA opens large survey of Dennis Hopper art

Most people knew the late Dennis Hopper for his acting and directing. During that career he constantly painted, photographed, and befriended well-known artists. A new exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles could go a long way toward cementing Hopper’s reputation as an artist.

LA fan is World Cup pied piper

After one month and 64 soccer matches, the World Cup ends with the championship match this Sunday. Plenty of Southern California fans have followed the series. For one L.A. fan passion and intellect go hand in hand with World Cup viewing.

First day for South LA's restructured Fremont High

The Los Angeles Unified School District followed through today on its pledge to make big changes at one of its lowest performing schools. South L.A.’s Fremont High School begins its year-round schedule with changes to its teacher corps, scheduling, and physical plant.

Los Angeles's Fremont High gets a fresh start after restructuring

Los Angeles's Fremont High School gets a fresh start today. The South L.A. school had to undergo academic restructuring because it had failed to meet the school district’s progress goals for 12 straight years. Returning staff members – teachers and administrators - had to re-apply for their jobs. Displaced teachers were sent to other schools. (Audio: KPCC’s Adolfo-Guzman Lopez reports live from the school.)

USC foreign student summer language class growing

USC officials say a course designed to ramp up foreign students' English language is in high demand. The summer course is in its first week.

College math program targets high school girls

Starting today, for seven hours a day, during the next six weeks, girls from Orange County high schools will embrace their inner math geek. They're taking part in the Mathematics Intensive Summer Session - aka Project MISS - at Cal State Fullerton.

High school seniors struggle with college picks

As high school seniors graduate, the ones on their way to college trust that the choices they’ve made will guarantee a good education and a secure future. A recent visit with high school seniors at two campuses sheds light on how they decided on the college of their choice.