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

UC students rally to protect Cal Grant funding

Students from UCLA, UC San Diego and UC Santa Barbara rallied Wednesday at the state office building in downtown L.A. to support funding for the statewide Cal Grant scholarships.

Capistrano Unified hires new superintendent

The Capistrano Unified school board has hired a new superintendent, in hopes of stopping a revolving door of top leadership in the last several years.

Judge stops layoffs at 3 LA schools

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday the L.A. Unified School District cannot lay off teachers at three campuses hit harder than others by layoffs last year.

Immigration officials unveil redesigned green card

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that it’s made major changes to the green card — starting with its color.

Long Beach district to cut five school days

Students in the Southland’s second-largest public school district are the latest to lose instructional days because of cuts in state education funding.

UCLA conference seeks betterment of young black males

A two-day conference with an ambitious goal begins tomorrow at UCLA. Its organizers want to turn around the lives of young black males in Los Angeles.

Survey measures effects of school funding change

Last year, California legislators made an unprecedented change to public school funding. They removed restrictions on dozens of funding sources so school districts could use that money to balance budgets soaked with red ink. The state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office released survey results that shed light on the effects of the change.

Demolition to begin on Sunset Blvd. bridge

The $1 billion project to widen and improve the 405 Freeway through LA’s Sepulveda Pass involves demolishing and rebuilding three bridges over the freeway.

New leader picked for USC art school

The University of Southern California announced yesterday a new dean will take over its art school in August.

Costa Mesa mayor wants tougher crackdown on undocumented immigrants

Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor said today he’ll submit a proposal to the City Council to study a further crackdown on illegal immigrants within city limits.

Tentative deal ends Capistrano Unified teachers strike

A tentative agreement reached late last night between Capistrano Unified’s teachers union and administrators ended a district-wide strike today.

Tentative agreement reached to end Capistrano teachers strike

Students and teachers in the Capistrano Unified School Teacher are back in the classrooms this morning. The Capistrano Unified School District announced late last night that it has reached a tentative agreement with teachers, who’ve been on strike since last Thursday over pay and benefit cuts. (Audio: KPCC’s Shirley Jahad talks to Anna Bryson, president of the Capistrano Unified School District Board, about the tentative agreement.)

Capistrano teachers union says district placing negotiation roadblocks [Updated]

Members of the Capistrano Unified Education Association (CUEA) ended a third day on strike with a boisterous rally filled with the chants and cheers of nearly 2,000 teachers. Before she closed the rally to the public, teachers’ union president Vicki Soderberg told a packed gymnasium at Saddleback College, “Never in my entire life have I been more proud to be a member of CUEA.” The crowd roared in approval.

Capistrano Unified attendance sinks during teachers' strike

[Updated] Capistrano Unified teachers union officials have reported talks have ceased for today, adding they will resume Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. Officials said Capistrano teachers are still on strike and if no settlement is reached this weekend, teachers will resume walking the picket lines Monday.

Capistrano Unified School District teachers strike to continue Friday

As a teacher's strike continued throughout the day, a Capistrano Unified School District spokeswoman reported huge absences at the district's six high schools during today's teachers' strike. Twenty percent of high school students showed up to school; 59 percent of middle school students didn't show. At elementary schools 52 percent of students were absent.