Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Correspondent

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez
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Adolfo reports on K-12 education and higher education for Southern California Public Radio.

He’s been a reporter at SCPR since 2000 and in that time has covered many different types of stories including elections, transportation, fires, and the arts. His most memorable stories are the on-site reports at the 2007 May Day Melee protests at L.A.’s MacArthur Park, a fatal apartment collapse that shed light on L.A.'s dearth of housing inspectors, University of California students coping with hunger, South Gate overcoming political corruption, the 25th anniversary of L.A.’s seminal 1977 punk rock scene, social work interns helping students from military families cope, political dirty tricks funded by public funds in the Inglewood Unified School District, a profile of prominent L.A. poet Wanda Coleman, and a feature about Adolfo’s name appearing on the TV show "The Simpsons".

Adolfo's awards include the 2006 L.A. Press Club’s Radio Journalist of the Year and a regional Edward R. Murrow honor.

2016 is Adolfo’s 20th year in public radio news. He was hired in 1996 by KPBS-FM in San Diego as a producer for the daily news talk show These Days. He lives in Long Beach with his wife and kids.


Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

End is near for some LA freeway murals due to graffiti

After years of graffiti tagging and futile restoration attempts, some observers say the end is near for dozens of Los Angeles’ once-glorious freeway murals.

Southland supporters of SB1070 going to Phoenix to protest judge’s ruling

One of the most visible Southland supporters of Arizona’s proposed illegal immigration enforcement law is longtime L.A. homeless activist Ted Hayes. He’s an African-American who aligned himself with national anti-immigrant groups about five years ago under the rationale that deporting all illegal immigrants would help solve the nation’s homeless problem. The group doesn’t have many followers, but it does hope to make a big presence in Phoenix this weekend with others to oppose a judge’s blocking of the main provisions of Arizona’s new immigration law.

Southland activists head to Phoenix SB1070 protest

Busloads of Southland protesters against Arizona’s new immigration law are headed to Phoenix tomorrow.

Financial aid up at Southern California private schools

The fiscal problems of public schools have gotten plenty of air time, but private K-12 schools in Southern California have also had to trim their budgets. The prolonged economic downturn has many private school staffs wondering how long they can hold on.

LA native performs Chicana-Gypsy flamenco show

It’s been nearly two decades since East L.A. native Maria Bermudez relocated to Southern Spain to absorb the region’s Gypsy flamenco culture. She will be on stage today and tomorrow with a show that delves into her Gypsy-Chicana identity.

[Updated] LAUSD chief Ramon Cortines is retiring

After a year and a half in the job, L.A. Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines says he's retiring from the school district in the spring. He says the long days and the workload during the budget crisis of the last few years has taken a toll on him.

Opponents of Arizona law to stage Friday benefit concert

Kanye West, Joe Satriani, Ozomatli and two dozen other major acts have signed on to a musicians’ boycott of Arizona. The coalition said today a Friday benefit concert could raise $350,000 for Arizona activists challenging that state’s new immigration law.

Two cities receive NEA arts grants

Two Southern California cities are among 21 to score major grants from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Cuts force LA public libraries to close Mondays

In a severe cost cutting move, Los Angeles elected officials closed all 73 libraries in the L.A. Public Library system today. The branches will close all future Mondays until further notice.

UC predicts large increase in community college transfer students

Figures the University of California released today suggest that the first-year student body this fall will be slightly more diverse and older than usual.

Activists in Westminster want city to adopt anti-illegal immigrant ordinance

The city of Westminster is the latest to debate whether to support Arizona’s move to enforce federal immigration law. Supporters of the Arizona law plan to make their case at tonight’s Westminster city council meeting.

Long Beach Unified moves forward with more teacher layoffs

The Long Beach Unified school board voted Monday to send layoff notices to more than 350 district employees by the end of this week.

Education activists sue state over public funding

Lawyers and education activists who successfully sued to increase education funding in California a decade ago filed a lawsuit today alleging the state is not living up to the constitutional guarantee of providing children an adequate public education.

MOCA opens large survey of Dennis Hopper art

Most people knew the late Dennis Hopper for his acting and directing. During that career he constantly painted, photographed, and befriended well-known artists. A new exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles could go a long way toward cementing Hopper’s reputation as an artist.

LA fan is World Cup pied piper

After one month and 64 soccer matches, the World Cup ends with the championship match this Sunday. Plenty of Southern California fans have followed the series. For one L.A. fan passion and intellect go hand in hand with World Cup viewing.