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

Activists protest school truancy policy

Activists organized a student and teacher rally Monday afternoon in their continuing protest of truancy policies at the Los Angeles Unified School District. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

MOCA recovering from financial peril

Officials at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles say the museum is well on the road to recovery after it hit a rough patch. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Hundreds protest budget cuts at UCI

More than 500 University of California at Irvine students and employees gathered for a noontime rally at the campus plaza to protest system-wide budget cuts. The action was part of a day of protests at all U.C. campuses.

Cal State professors, students stage funeral for public university

At their regular meeting in Long Beach Wednesday, trustees of the California State University moved forward with a request to the state that would restore about $800 million to the system’s budget. Outside that meeting, faculty, staff, and students staged a largely quiet demonstration to protest the half-billion dollars in cuts in effect now. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

9 students suspended in college hazing incident

Cal Poly Pomona officials said Tuesday they’ve suspended nine fraternity members who participated in an initiation in which a student suffered serious burns. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Cal State trustees likely to seek budget increase

At their regular meeting in Long Beach Tuesday, trustees of the California State University system began to evaluate what their budget next year will look like. More on the story from KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez.

LA County Library employees say purchasing shift would cut costs

Employees at the 85-branch Los Angeles County Library system are in contract talks. Fearful of job cuts, they urged administrators to adopt a more efficient book-buying plan to save money. More on the story from KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez.

First African-American curator at LA County Museum of Art

There’s a new contemporary art chief at the Southland’s largest art museum. In January, 40-year-old Franklin Sirmans becomes the head of that department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez talked with the first African-American to reach that level of management at the museum.

8-month mural project beautifies LA school

After eight months and more than 500 gallons of paint, two Los Angeles artists unveiled Friday a mural project that’s reshaped the climate at an 82-year-old middle school. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LA's largest museum hires new contemporary art chief

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced it’s hired a rising 40-year-old curator to head the museum’s growing contemporary art department. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more on the first African-American to reach that level at the museum.

Southland Mexican identity in flux

It’s Mexican Independence Day, and millions of native Mexicans in the Southland will mark the day with toasts and cultural events. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that the size of the Mexican community complicates questions of identity.

Most public schools still below performance target

Important statewide public school test results released today indicate that schools are gradually improving. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Tragic high school athlete death not uncommon

Doctors say while tragic, Friday night’s on-field death of a Garden Grove high school football player does not appear to point to a trend. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Exhibit of Latin American master painters opens

Santa Ana’s Bowers Museum has just opened an exhibit of 41 works by Latin American master painters. The art’s in the collection of the Mexican company that bottles Dos Equis beer and Coca-Cola sold in Mexico. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Work of seminal Colombian painter on display in Santa Ana

Painter Fernando Botero is best known for his rotund portraits of the Colombian elite. But he’s also depicted the death of drug lord Pablo Escobar and the Abu Ghraib torture victims in Iraq. A new exhibit opened Saturday of a hundred works by Botero is on display at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.