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

First student takes stand in trial over teacher protections

Teacher effectiveness is on trial in a Los Angeles courtroom. The case is called Vergara v. California and student plaintiffs began testifying Monday.

Local teens turn Constitution learning into team sport

At Arcadia High, learning the U.S. Constitution is cool. The school's Constitution Team has won the national championship two times.

California task force warns of crisis in civics education

The group says public schools have done away with civics education in recent years as mandatory testing has forced educators to focus on math and English.

Remembering civil rights hero Fred Korematsu

Korematsu unsuccessfully fought internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. His conviction was overturned in 1983 and he became a civil rights hero.

LA schools chief: Doing 'good job' firing bad teachers

Vergara v. California trial centers on whether five teacher job protection laws shelter bad teachers and lead to students not getting an adequate education.

Lawyers challenge California teacher protections in trial

California teacher job protections are on trial in an LA County courtroom. The case is called Vergara v. State of California.

Trial to challenge job protections for Calif. teachers

L.A. Unified Superintendent John Deasy is expected to be the first witness on the stand in a trial claiming teacher protections violate students' rights.

'The Simpsons' inspires KPCC reporter to ask, 'What's in a name'?

A funny thing happened to KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez a few weeks ago: He heard his name turned into a brief joke on the Simpsons.

UPDATED: MOCA names Philippe Vergne new museum director

Los Angeles's Museum of Contemporary Art named Philippe Vergne its new museum director late Wednesday evening. He will succeed Jeffrey Deitch, who resigned Sept. 1.

Assemblyman wants to curb data collection by local agencies

Assemblyman Gatto believes public agencies such as school districts should destroy student social media data they've collected after monitoring.

Governor's $10 billion education increase wins fans

But it didn't please everyone. Public schools would get $61.6 billion in the 2014-15 fiscal year under the governor’s plan, which requires legislative approval.

LA school board votes to hold special election

At a meeting that went late into the night, the L.A. Unified school board voted to call a special election to fill the late Marguerite LaMotte's seat.

New 'advisory committee' for LaMotte district

LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy invited African American leaders to join an "advisory committee" for the district left vacant by board member LaMotte's death.

Even at best high schools, Latinos bound for community college

Latinos in California's best high schools mostly enroll in community college after graduation, while their white and Asian peers go to four-year universities.

5 tips for college federal financial aid application

More than 10 million people receive federal financial aid for higher education. But it all starts with an application, which is now available.