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

UCLA celebrates ethnic studies anniversary

UCLA’s Fowler Museum hosts a family festival and art exhibit today to celebrate the 40th anniversary of ethnic studies at the university.

UC president urges swift punishment in campus noose incident

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.

ACLU sues LAUSD to stop teacher layoffs

A suit filed today against the Los Angeles Unified School District could change the way the district carries out budget cuts this year.

LAUSD board approves new administration for 36 schools

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.

LAUSD board to decide on outside groups to run schools

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.

United Teachers Los Angeles protests school district reform

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.

Nonprofit groups get nod to run LAUSD schools

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.

LAUSD superintendent resigns from Scholastic board

Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines said today he is resigning from the board of directors of a major textbook publisher with millions of dollars in contracts with the school district.

State to audit University of California finances

State legislators concerned about what they call misplaced priorities and poor decision-making have approved a fiscal audit of the University of California.

LAUSD board agrees to place parcel tax on June ballot

Facing a projected $640 million dollar funding deficit next fiscal year, the Los Angeles Unified School District voted today to place a $100 parcel tax measure on the June ballot that could generate $90 million annually.

Book supplier paid LAUSD chief $150K last year

Ethics watchdogs say they’re troubled that Los Angeles Unified’s superintendent is supplementing his salary with money paid by a large company that sells reading material and services to the school district.

Pasadena Unified at odds with union over contract

Pasadena Unified’s school superintendent says contract talks with the teachers union are at an impasse – so a mediator should step in.

La Cañada braces for storms

The rains aren’t offering much of a break in the La Cañada Foothills.

3 Cal State Fullerton language degrees may be on chopping block

Cal State Fullerton is considering whether to eliminate degrees in French, German, and Portuguese.

Irvine, the undiscovered beatbox capital?

For decades, young, urban African Americans dominated the vocal percussion known as beat boxing. Now, there’s a Hassidic Jewish beatboxer, beatboxing’s a hit on French television, and last year a British young woman took a top prize at an international competition. A group of high school students wants to put suburban Irvine on the beatbox map.