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

Capistrano Unified School District teachers may vote to strike

The teachers union at the Capistrano Unified School District has called for a Thursday afternoon, closed-door meeting at which members will debate whether to go on strike.

Tustin teacher makes tough choice after layoff notice

Preliminary layoff notices are forcing thousands of public school teachers to ponder choices about employment, housing, and family. That's the situation fourth-year teacher Jenna Landero has found herself in this year.

President Obama may give commencement at Lawndale high school

President Obama may not be in good graces with California educators. His education department turned down this state’s application for school improvement funds. But a high school in Lawndale doesn’t care. It’s made the short list in a competition for the President to deliver the school’s commencement address.

LA names corner after literary icon John Fante

City of Los Angeles officials this week named the corner of Fifth Street and Grand Avenue in downtown L.A. “John Fante Square” in tribute to the mid 20th century writer who's becoming a literary icon.

L.A. Unified postpones change to district transfers

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Ramon Cortines said at a board meeting today he’ll postpone his plan to rescind most permits that allow students to enroll in schools outside the district.

Former ambassador to Italy to join Getty board

Former U.S. ambassador to Italy Ronald Spogli will join the Getty board of trustees at its next meeting this summer.

Controller to audit LAUSD's $20B contruction program

The top auditor for the city of Los Angeles has agreed to investigate conflict of interest allegations in the L.A. Unified School District’s $20 billion school construction program.

UCLA police following strong leads in search for suspect in attempted rape

UCLA police say they’re following strong leads in their search for a man suspected of attempting to rape a female student on campus two days ago.

Censored Olvera Street mural to get visitor center

City of Los Angeles and Getty officials unveiled yesterday plans for a $9 million visitor center for a long-hidden, historic mural in downtown L.A.’s Olvera Street.

Grand jury indicts L.A. Unified construction official

A criminal grand jury has indicted a Los Angeles Unified School District official with nine counts of conflict of interest.

Jaime Escalante, math teacher who inspired 'Stand and Deliver' film dies

Jaime Escalante, the Los Angeles educator who inspired legions of East L.A. youth to excel in math and in life, died today in Sacramento. He was 79.

LAUSD plan to cut instructional days gets mixed reviews

Teachers are giving mixed reviews to a cost-cutting proposal the Los Angeles Unified School District and its teachers union announced during the weekend. The plan, still subject to approval by the union's rank and file, would shorten the current and following school year to help close a state funding deficit.

Music teacher facing layoff uses music to lift her spirits

California educators say school districts have told about 20,000 teachers that by summer they may lose their jobs. One public school instructor tries to distract herself from the prospect of a layoff by concentrating on her work.

Cal Poly Pomona hosts cyber attack competition

Computer hackers are ready to throw every kind of virus and malicious software at business IT departments this weekend. It’s part of a simulation for a university competition meant to prepare students for the very real and ugly world of cyber protection.

Students, parents protest Green Dot school closure

About 200 Los Angeles high school students marched and took buses today to their charter school’s headquarters and protested its decision to close their campus.