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

Humor profs turn CSULB into Comedy Central

Cal State Long Beach is “Comedy Central” for the next three days. The campus is hosting humor scholars from around the world as part of the 21st International Society for Humor Studies conference.

Study finds that charter schools quality varies

A new study of charter schools in 16 states, including California, finds that the vast majority of those independent public schools are not doing much better than their traditional counterparts.

Education advocates push to make parcel taxes easier to approve

Several school districts are holding elections this month on whether to let voters approve taxes on parcels of land to fund public schools. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says education advocates are pushing changes in Sacramento to make it easier for these kinds of measures to pass.

Several hundred people attend LA arts town hall

Several hundred people attending a Los Angeles arts town hall today heard encouraging words about the outlook for Southland cultural organizations.

High school grad seeks college degree toward pop stardom

Arts educators say this year’s high school graduations include more students interested in the performing arts than ever. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez introduces a Southland graduating senior who’s decided to pursue a new type of college degree that she hopes will start her on the road to pop music stardom.

LA Unified pays tribute to longest serving board member

L.A. Unified's school board paid tribute on Tuesday to its longest serving board member. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LA teachers union opposes way federal funds spent

The union that represents Los Angeles public school teachers says it won’t agree to any pay concessions until district administrators change the way they allocate federal stimulus money. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LA nonprofit that helps traumatized youth expands

As social welfare programs get the axe, a century-old Los Angeles nonprofit just broke ground on a 48,000 square foot center just west of downtown L.A. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says the agency provides mental health and trauma services for young people.

LAPD detective arrested for murder

Grim-faced LAPD officials announced the arrest of one of their own for murder Friday. Detective Stephanie Lazarus was a patrol officer when she allegedly murdered her ex-boyfriend’s wife 23 years ago. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports on her extraordinary arrest at police headquarters.

After 7 years, Iraq War veteran earns college diploma

Sacrifice and hardship are behind many of the degrees awarded this graduation season. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez talked with a military veteran about the struggles she faced on her way to graduation day.

Cal Poly Pomona officials suspend fraternity after initiation led to student injury

Officials at Cal Poly Pomona said today they’ve suspended a campus fraternity and nine of its members after an initiation ceremony caused one student to suffer serious burns. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Cortines defends summer school cancellation due to budget cuts

At an L.A. Unified news conference today Superintendent Ramon Cortines defended his decision to eliminate summer school for more than 200,000 students this year. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Iconic LA jazz venue loses lease

Since it opened 16 years ago, the Jazz Bakery's become one of the top jazz clubs in the Southland, attracting the country's top musicians. It's a listening room; that is, a concert room free of waiters and clinking glasses and plates. This Sunday's show will be the last at the venue's longtime home in the historic Helms Bakery building. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez stopped by this week.

Students skip school to protest planned teacher layoffs

Several hundred L.A. Unified students skipped class this morning and marched to school district headquarters in downtown L.A. to protest planned teacher layoffs. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Hundreds of L.A. Unified students skip class to protest teacher layoffs

L.A. Unified students are the latest group to protest teacher layoffs. Several hundred high school students marched to school district headquarters in downtown L.A.