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

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.

473 carat emerald on display in Santa Ana

Owners of a Colombian mine have lent the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana a large emerald crystal valued at 3-and-a-half million dollars. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez got a peek.

USC School of Music turns 125 years old

USC’s Thornton School of Music launched its 125th birthday party this week. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says the institution has adapted and thrived in a changing music world.

First LA single-gender public school opens

Across the country in recent years, there’s been a sharp rise in the number of single-gender schools. The Southland has a few. The Los Angeles Unified School District opened its first one yesterday. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was there.

OC school settles bias lawsuit

The American Civil Liberties Union said today it’s settled a lawsuit against a school district it said fostered homophobia and sexism among students. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Some LAUSD schools offer new innovative curricula on first day of school

The Los Angeles Unified School District opens seven new schools today. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that some offer traditional curricula in new buildings, while others are trying unconventional approaches to learning.

Following Engine #111

Today’s 6am briefing at the Station Fire command post at Hansen Dam laid out the fire’s steady, destructive march in spite of high humidity and low winds during the night. I left soon after the briefing and before Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger arrived for a briefing and press conference.

Long Beach charter school faces financial, academic challenges

In recent years, financial problems and sub-par academic performance have plagued one of the oldest charter schools in the Southland. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that independent public school faces a school board vote tonight that will determine its future.

Former LA schools administrator pleads no contest to student sex charges

A former Los Angeles Unified School District employee entered a no-contest plea today to charges that he committed lewd acts with three underage girls and had sex with another. All were students at campuses where he’d worked. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Donations save LACMA film program

The long-running film program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art won’t fade to black after all. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says that $150,000 in donations from Time Warner Cable and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will allow LACMA to maintain the film program for at least another year.