Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Education Correspondent

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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

Legislative Analyst Office suggests smallest school districts too expensive to run

A new study by the state Legislative Analyst’s Office suggests that tiny school districts could benefit from consolidation, but the study discourages legislators from mandating it through law.

Muslim American college students react to bin Laden’s death after growing up in his shadow

A generation of young Muslim Americans has grown up with the specter of Osama bin Laden as a bad guy on the run from American soldiers. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez spoke with some of them at Cal State Long Beach about their reactions now that bin Laden is dead.

State PTA conference takes place in Long Beach

Money’s a big deal for parent teacher associations. At the annual statewide PTA convention this weekend in Long Beach there’s a lot of talk about budget cuts and Sacramento advocacy. There’s also a lot of talk about how much PTA fundraising at public schools might be too much.

Thousands head to Long Beach for California PTA convention

Thousands of people are heading to Long Beach this weekend for the 112th annual state PTA convention. There will be plenty of talk among parents and teachers about budget cuts, education reform and the disappearance of the once ubiquitous bake sale.

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.