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 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.

Schwarzenegger endorses teacher seniority overhaul

At a middle school in Watts today, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced he’s supporting a state bill that would do away with seniority as the main consideration in teacher placement and layoff decisions.

Capistrano Unified teacher's union gives district an ultimatum

Leaders at the Capistrano Unified Education Association (CUEA) gave school district administrators today a list of conditions to comply with by 5:00 p.m. tomorrow if they want to avert a strike by the 2,200-member union.

Capistrano Unified teachers cast strike votes

Capping nearly a year of unproductive negotiations over salary cuts to help close their school district’s budget deficit, members of the 2,200-strong Capistrano Unified Education Association began voting yesterday whether to give their union’s leaders authority to order a strike.

Ethnic groups wrangle over Koreatown boundaries

Months of friction about a seemingly innocent Los Angeles ethnic neighborhood designation came to a head at L.A. City Hall today.

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.