Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Reporter
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
California’s become the first state in the nation to review and recommend digital textbooks for its public schools.
Earlier this year Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said the state could save a lot of money if it offered some high school math and science textbooks in an electronic format. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that tomorrow in Orange County the governor’s education secretary plans to unveil a digital textbook future for California classrooms.
A decade ago today an avowed white supremacist entered a San Fernando Valley Jewish Community Center and shot 70 rounds, injuring five people. He later killed a Filipino American mail carrier. The gunman’s serving a life sentence in prison. The racially motivated shootings rocked the Southland. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has this report about a group of poets staging a commemorative reading tonight they’re calling the “Poetry of Tolerance.”
Soldiers from California learned to farm at Cal Poly Pomona this week. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says the training precedes a deployment intended to win Afghan hearts and minds with plowshares.
A group of U.S. Army soldiers learned about fighting and farming this week as they prepared to deploy to Afghanistan.
Several dozen Los Angeles high school students wrap up summer school today. They took part in a unique UCLA program that turned them into apprentice researchers and education activists for a month and a half. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez spent some time with the young researchers in the field.