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

State assemblyman pushes oil tax for college funding

The majority leader of the state assembly says he’ll reintroduce a proposal to tax California oil producers in order to generate sorely needed funds for public colleges. More on the story from KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez.

Gustavo Dudamel to conduct inaugural Disney Hall concert

First came the picnic; the formal sit-down dinner is next. Five days after a free concert for 18,000 people at the Hollywood Bowl, Gustavo Dudamel is set to conduct the orchestra at his inaugural concert as L.A. Philharmonic Music Director at Disney Hall Thursday. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more on the orchestral season opener.

State senator urges LA City College president to back off student newspaper

A California state senator is now backing editors of the campus newspaper at Los Angeles City College in a struggle with administrators. The newspaper says the college cut its budget in retaliation for articles critical of administrators. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Legal complaint filed against school district's English Learner policies

Of the many Southland public school students who study English as a second language, most are Spanish speakers. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that a federal complaint filed Tuesday against an area school district sheds light on the challenges of providing adequate English learner instruction.

Stimulus funds reach LA area arts groups

Los Angeles city and county arts officials announced Monday that nearly half a million dollars in federal stimulus dollars has trickled down to area groups to preserve arts jobs. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

New L.A. Philharmonic conductor rocks the house

Eighteen thousand people at a sold out Hollywood Bowl welcomed Gustavo Dudamel on Saturday night as the next musical director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Long Beach drain project touted as neighborhood flood-relief fix

Elected officials broke ground Wednesday on a two-mile storm drain project in Long Beach that’s set to give relief to residents who’ve endured up to three-foot floods in recent years.

Five year, $20M project counters negative media role models

A Los Angeles-based financial literacy group launched a five-year, $20 million national effort to keep teenagers in school by combining lessons in personal finance and life skills. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Public school parent involvement grows

A Southland state legislator leads a hearing Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. in Los Angeles to encourage more parent participation in public education. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

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.