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

Pasadena Pops conductor stepping down

After a decade, conductor Rachel Worby is leaving her position as Pasadena Pops music director.

Questions arise about spending federal funds for Calif. teachers

California educators are elated that the federal government plans to send California about $1.2 billion for teacher jobs. Those educators also have a lot of questions.

LA County Sheriff may release Ruben Salazar death files

Forty years ago this month a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy killed Los Angeles Times journalist Ruben Salazar. LA County Sheriff Lee Baca said today he’s decided to reconsider a decision to keep the investigation records sealed.

L.A. County Sheriff reconsiders request to open files on Ruben Salazar

L.A. County Sheriff Spokesman Steve Whitmore told KPCC today he’s reconsidering the denial of a records request from the L.A. Times. “We’re going to revisit this request," Whitmore said. "The sheriff wants to make sure all options are explored before he makes another decision and that decision may be no. But he wants to let the process of analyzing all the documents, which the volumes are eight boxes full of paperwork.”

USC tops in foreign student enrollment

Enrollment of foreign students at American universities has risen slightly in recent years – even as the international economy has faltered. USC enrolls the most international students of any university in this country. The university runs an English-language program they hope will pave the way for university studies here.

End is near for some LA freeway murals due to graffiti

After years of graffiti tagging and futile restoration attempts, some observers say the end is near for dozens of Los Angeles’ once-glorious freeway murals.

Southland supporters of SB1070 going to Phoenix to protest judge’s ruling

One of the most visible Southland supporters of Arizona’s proposed illegal immigration enforcement law is longtime L.A. homeless activist Ted Hayes. He’s an African-American who aligned himself with national anti-immigrant groups about five years ago under the rationale that deporting all illegal immigrants would help solve the nation’s homeless problem. The group doesn’t have many followers, but it does hope to make a big presence in Phoenix this weekend with others to oppose a judge’s blocking of the main provisions of Arizona’s new immigration law.

Southland activists head to Phoenix SB1070 protest

Busloads of Southland protesters against Arizona’s new immigration law are headed to Phoenix tomorrow.

Financial aid up at Southern California private schools

The fiscal problems of public schools have gotten plenty of air time, but private K-12 schools in Southern California have also had to trim their budgets. The prolonged economic downturn has many private school staffs wondering how long they can hold on.

LA native performs Chicana-Gypsy flamenco show

It’s been nearly two decades since East L.A. native Maria Bermudez relocated to Southern Spain to absorb the region’s Gypsy flamenco culture. She will be on stage today and tomorrow with a show that delves into her Gypsy-Chicana identity.

[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.