Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Correspondent

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez
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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

New law bars revelation of child's immigration status in civil suits

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill, prompted by Miramonte lawsuits, that prevents release of the immigration status of children in civil suits where damages could be awarded.

Jerry Heller helped bring N.W.A 'Straight Outta Compton'

The new movie "Straight Outta Compton" tells the story of how the group N.W.A. broke out, and way down the list of IMDb credits is Paul Giamatti as Jerry Heller. But Heller was instrumental in N.W.A.'s success.

USC art professor resigns amid department troubles

USC's MFA program graduated renowned artists, but the entire first-year class withdrew in May over a recent downsizing of the program.

Court monitor prompts fixes to LAUSD special ed program

Los Angeles Unified agreed to better train its staff and carry out other changes to address problems with its special education services.

Teachers: more training needed to better teach Common Core

Teachers feel professional development is the missing piece in their effort to begin mastering the new Common Core learning standards.

LAUSD food services chief resigns after critical audit

David Binkle, L.A. Unified's food services division head, stepped down after managing a $341 million budget and a division that serves half a million students daily.

Rise in high school students taking community college

For years, community colleges have allowed high school students to enroll but the rules favor high-achieving students. Administrators want to open the doors wider.

Inglewood schools take step toward badly needed repairs

Inglewood Unified has been sitting on $90 million in bonds funds to fix dilapidated schools. A new citizens' oversight committee allows the repairs to proceed.

LAUSD audit finds mismanagement, ethical violations in food services division

Los Angeles Unified overhauled its food division to cut costs and make meals more appetizing. The changes led to mismanagement and ethical violations, an audit found.

New teachers learning to reduce student stress and their own

Los Angeles Unified's newest teachers are attending summer workshops that teach them techniques in reducing stress, for their students' sake and their own health.

Accreditation panel puts Pasadena City College on probation

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges found significant problems with how the college is run, but not serious enough to close the campus.

Efforts against Confederacy names, Ku Klux Klan film director spread in California

A state bill would bar state and local properties from taking the names of Confederacy leaders and a petition calls for D.W. Griffith's name to be struck from a school.

Summertime not easy living for some LAUSD students

Increases in funding after years of cuts helped more Los Angeles Unified campuses open up summer classes, just in time for tougher graduation requirements.

Cal State students bound for Havana as Cuba travel opens

Student journalists will report on Cuba in an exchange program between California State University Fullerton and the University of Havana.

Inglewood schools leader balances budget, says he's leaving

Inglewood Unified's school board gave up local control in 2012 when it asked for a state bailout loan to avoid bankruptcy. It'll remain in receivership for years.