Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Education Correspondent

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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

LA Unified makes changes to special education

Los Angeles Unified administrators today approved a significant change to the school district’s special education rules for its nearly 200 charter schools.

New leaders in new year at LA Unified

The new year will bring new faces to leadership positions at the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Cuts to set tone for California public schools

The severity of coming budget cuts remains the number one issue on California educators’ radar screens.

Institutions along parade route prepare for Rose Parade

Saturday’s Tournament of Roses Parade is a boon for some Pasadena businesses. Other organizations creatively use what they have to bring in some money during one of the year’s biggest tourist events. Many churches along Colorado Boulevard have sold bleacher seats in prime parade-viewing spots.

Remembrance of notable James Moody concert in L.A

Jazz luminary James Moody died earlier this month in his adopted hometown, San Diego. Moody – whose final public performance was last January in Seal Beach, died on Dec. 9 of pancreatic cancer. He was 85.

Rose Parade a boon for Pasadena museum

The most viewed fixture during the televised Rose Parade isn’t any float or personality. It’s that dark-tiled building on Colorado Boulevard that houses the Norton Simon Museum.

Former Beverly Hills Unified official behind bars

A judge ordered former Beverly Hills Unified School District facilities director Karen Christiansen jailed Monday pending a bail hearing on felony charges filed earlier this month.

Music teachers perform at annual Holiday Celebration

Each Christmas, Los Angeles County’s arts commission organizes a free performing arts showcase at downtown LA’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. One ensemble on the bill this season has a message that resonates beyond the holiday season: keeping music instruction alive in public schools.

Power outages force shops in Huntington Beach to close

The storm caused power outages that have forced many businesses to close for the day.

Homegirl Cafe kicks up tamale production for the holidays

Tamale production is in full swing in the Southland. With time-honored recipes, people concoct fillings and dough to prepare the holiday delicacy in homes and restaurants. Production usually tapers off sharply after the holidays, except at Homegirl Cafe. The Los Angeles eatery plans to continue and ramp up its tamale production into next year – with the purpose of transforming lives.

Candidate list final for LAUSD school board race

The Los Angeles City Clerk has certified the final list of L.A. Unified school board candidates for the March election.

San Fernando Valley charter school principal sentenced to 5 years for embezzlement

The former principal of a San Fernando Valley charter school pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling nearly a million-and-a-half dollars in public funds.

La Habra teachers off picket lines without a contract

A four-day strike by teachers in north Orange County is over but teachers are not back in the classroom.

Governor-elect Brown briefs California educators on forthcoming education budget strain

Incoming governor Jerry Brown summoned to UCLA dozens of public school administrators from throughout the state yesterday, along with leaders from the state’s public colleges. Brown’s intent was to reveal how deep the state’s deficit has become.

Brown calls state budget crisis ‘unprecedented moment of reckoning’

About 200 people gathered at UCLA Tuesday morning to hear incoming Gov. Jerry Brown detail how California’s poor fiscal state is set to affect public education. It’s going to be bad, Brown told the group made up mostly of school administrators.