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

LA Unified board approves school control plan

The Los Angeles Unified School Board has approved a plan to turn over a third of schools in the district to outside operators. Six board members voted yes, only one voted no. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez followed the vote and discussed the outcome with All Things Considered host Alex Cohen.

LA mayor stumps for far-reaching schools reform

The Los Angeles Unified school district is set to vote tomorrow on a measure that would transfer governance of about one-third of its schools to outside operators. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that the plan’s main proponent, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, is stumping for the plan until the eleventh hour.

Artists document city-animal encounters

A pair of artists has created an exhibit out of the tension in Southern California between its concrete jungles and its wild animals. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Public health officials warn of swine flu in schools this fall

Public health officials today warned that the coming flu season may be worse than last year’s. How much worse will depend on the precautionary steps people take around kids.

Public officials target swine flu in schools

Public health officials expect flu season to be worse this year.

Latino legal defense fund pins hopes on new leader

The lawyer who’s advised Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on key policy issues for four years starts a new job today just six blocks from L.A. City Hall. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has this story about Thomas Saenz, the new president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

New president/general counsel at Latino legal defense group

Over four decades the Los Angeles-based Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund has won notable civil rights cases on behalf of large groups of Latinos. A new president and general counsel takes over tomorrow. He’s the fourth person in as many years to hold that job. Observers say instability in the group’s top position has held back the nation’s oldest and most successful Latino legal defense group during a key moment in Latino civil rights. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Pasadena seeks teen voice in Master Plan update

A group of Pasadena teens set out today to tackle the city’s General Plan Update, an issue that usually only interests bureaucrats, developers, and city hall gadflies. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Bad time for Cal State furloughs

To help close a big funding gap, employees at all 23 California State University campuses must take two unpaid days off every month, many starting tomorrow. The president of one Southland campus told KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez that this couldn’t happen at a worse time.

LA mayor stumps for major schools reform motion

L.A. Unified’s school board is voting on a major school reform measure in a couple of weeks. It would remove hundreds of public school campuses from school district administration and transfer control to groups and individuals who apply. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez attended a Los Angeles forum yesterday where L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa stumped for the motion.

Southland fans riveted by Mexico-US soccer match

The stakes were high in the United States versus Mexico soccer match yesterday broadcast from Mexico City. Lots of Southland fans watched as Mexico beat the U.S. two goals to one. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez stayed on the sidelines as fans at one Los Angeles restaurant cheered on.

Mexico beats US in World Cup qualifier

Mexico defeated the United States soccer team today with a score of 2 to 1. The U.S. men had jumped out to an early lead, then Mexico tied up the score in the first half. Miguel Sabah scored the game winning goal for Mexico in the 82nd minute of the match. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman followed the match at an L.A. restaurant and he spoke to Alex Cohen about the fans' reactions.

Autry Museum scraps $175 million expansion

Officials at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles today blamed activists for their decision to scrap a $175 million expansion at the Autry’s Griffith Park location.

California opens classroom door to digital textbooks

An initiative by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to move classrooms to use digital textbooks moved forward in Costa Mesa today. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says that’s where the governor’s secretary of education unveiled a list of digital textbooks that meet state content guidelines.

State education secretary unveils recommended digital textbooks

California’s become the first state in the nation to review and recommend digital textbooks for its public schools.