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

LAPD and federal agents arrest 80 alleged members of old Rancho San Pedro gang

More than a thousand federal agents and Los Angeles Police Department officers took part in a gang sweep Thursday against the Rancho San Pedro gang. Officials said the alleged gang members dealt drugs, sold guns and intimidated witnesses in San Pedro.

Big LeaLA Spanish-language book fair in LA this weekend

Organizers of the prestigious Guadalajara International Book Fair raise their tent at the Los Angeles Convention Center tomorrow through Sunday for the first time. The book fair will feature author talks and booths filled with novels, children’s books and self-help titles from the Spanish-speaking world’s biggest publishers.

Agents nab more than 80 members of San Pedro gang

In pre-dawn raids across San Pedro this morning, police arrested more than 80 alleged members and associates of the Rancho San Pedro gang, authorities said.

California state Senate leader makes sweeping education proposals

The president of the California State Senate has proposed reforms to improve the way the state prepares young people for jobs and careers.

New California bill would change charter school approval process

The California Assembly has passed a bill that would significantly change the way charter schools are created.

LAUSD teachers union challenges layoffs

Teachers unions are challenging school district layoff notices and at Los Angeles Unified, hearings began on Monday over the validity of more than half the district’s 5,000 teacher layoff notices.

Former powerhouse community college inaugurates hall of fame

Plenty of college athletic departments sponsor halls of fame. But the one that has just opened at the former Compton Community College is epic. Since Compton opened nearly a century ago, the college has sent teams and athletes to national championships and on to gold medals at the Olympics. This hall of fame is central to an effort to uplift the campus after a spell of mismanagement nearly a decade ago that nearly sunk the community college.

Los Angeles suspends city poll worker program

The City of Los Angeles will save money on next month’s elections by suspending its city poll worker program.

New book documents groundbreaking L.A. Latino theater program

For 13 years a Latino-themed program at one of L.A.’s top theaters produced innovative work and showcased playwrights’ and actors’ talents. A new book documents that program’s rise and fall.

Cal State Fullerton sit-in enters second day

Students camped out for the second day in the lobby of Cal State Fullerton's administration building to call attention to drastic state budget cuts.

LACMA buys work of controversial Chinese artist

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced on Monday that it’s purchased eight new pieces for its permanent collection. The pieces include a work of art by a Chinese conceptual artist, currently detained in China — by most accounts for his critique of his country’s human rights violations.

Pasadena Unified runoff election on Tuesday

Voters in Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre go to the polls Tuesday for a Pasadena Unified school board election.

University of California admission easier for out-of-state students

Data released on Monday suggests that it’s becoming harder to gain freshman admission to the public University of California — unless you live outside the state.

Los Angeles graduate student wants to get teachers into therapy

Public school administrators and policymakers say that teacher effectiveness is key to boosting students’ academic performance. A Southland graduate student offers one suggestion to improve teaching: direct teachers into therapy.

Long Beach hip-hop artist Nate Dogg dies at 41

Hip-hop artist Nate Dogg died Tuesday after a series of strokes. The Long Beach native was part of young group of influential rap artists who used to hang out at a record store on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Martin Luther King Avenue.