Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Reporter
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
Last year’s federal stimulus funds for public schools required educators to identify — and take action to turn around — the lowest performing schools. California released a preliminary list of those schools today.
Many school districts are sending preliminary layoff notices in the mail this week in anticipation of a deadline next week. Once those lists are out school officials still have plenty of heavy lifting before they complete the process.
A decade-long rash of killings in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez has led a group of Southland artists and activists to prayer.
Across the state, tens of thousands of people took part in rallies to protest expected cuts to public education. Two major protests took place in the Southland.
Supporters of public schools and universities in the Los Angeles area have organized a range of protest activities today. Orange County educators say education funding problems also plague their region.
The Southland’s largest school district, like many others in the region, is moving forward with teacher layoffs. Los Angeles Unified’s board of education voted today to send 5,200 provisional layoff notices to district employees.
Bobby Espinosa, founding member of the seminal Los Angeles band El Chicano has died. Forty years ago, El Chicano turned a borrowed riff someone played during concert breaks into a hit record that catapulted the band from its East L.A. home to national prominence.
The faculty union at the California State University plans four major protests in California this week to oppose further budget cuts to public education.
UCLA’s Fowler Museum hosts a family festival and art exhibit today to celebrate the 40th anniversary of ethnic studies at the university.
Racial friction at the University of California, San Diego isn’t subsiding. UC San Diego police found a noose at the main library last night. Today, University of California President Mark Yudof urged swift punishment for the act.
A suit filed today against the Los Angeles Unified School District could change the way the district carries out budget cuts this year.
After rallies and passionate comments from parents and teachers, L.A. Unified’s board of education today approved nonprofit groups to take over administration of 36 new and low performing schools in the district.
The Los Angeles Unified Board of Education plans a vote at its regular meeting tomorrow that some observers say will do more to reform the school district than other recent efforts.
L.A. Unified’s teachers’ union organized protests today and for next week against school district administrators. The union is upset that the superintendent has tentatively allowed outside groups to assume control of new and low-performing campuses.
After neighborhood meetings, a vote involving thousands of people, and expert review, L.A. Unified’s superintendent released today the list of groups he’s recommending to administer 36 new and low-performing campuses.