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

Chicano rock reunites many in scene from 1960s

Several generations of musicians and fans attended a concert last night at East Los Angeles College. Organizers were promoting a new book chronicling the history of Chicano rock and roll in Los Angeles. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Natural History Museum renovations completed

After three years and $91 million, the renovation of Los Angeles County’s oldest museum building is done. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Dueling rallies at UCLA on animal research

Hundreds of people rallied at UCLA Wednesday in support of using animals in experiments they say have led to medical breakthroughs to find cures for cancer and other diseases. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was there; he brings us this report.

Schools change Holocaust curricula

Events around the world today honor the millions of Jewish people killed by the Nazi government in Europe during World War II. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that some schools are changing their approach to this grim chapter in history.

New study warns state economy to suffer unless college graduation improves

Education researchers warn that California’s technology industries are likely to relocate if the state doesn’t boost the number of graduates from its public colleges. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more on the story.

LA Philharmonic conductor Salonen prepares to step down

Esa-Pekka Salonen puts down the baton this Sunday as lead conductor and music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez conducted an exit interview and listened in on one of Salonen's final Disney Hall concerts for this report.

LAUSD board approves plan to lay off thousands of employees

On a 4-to-3 vote Tuesday, the Los Angeles Unified school board decided to cut nearly 7,000 positions, half of them teaching jobs, to close a gaping deficit in the coming fiscal year's budget. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Actor Ricardo Montalban dies

88-year-old actor Ricardo Montalban died at his Hollywood Hills home today. Montalban's first screen roles were in films in his native Mexico. Then, says KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, he crossed over and never looked back.

LAUSD Superintendent releases plan to lay off fewer teachers

Los Angeles Unified School District's superintendent said today that the district will have to lay off fewer teachers than expected to close a large deficit in next year's budget. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LAUSD votes to move forward with thousands of layoffs

Shirley Jahad talks to KPCC reporter Adolfo Guzman-Lopez as news breaks that the L.A. Unified School District votes to move forward with thousands of employee layoffs.

LA-based Latino civil rights group MALDEF leaderless again

The 41-year-old Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund announced today that it’s named an interim chief as it embarks on a national search for a new leader. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Future of LA arts high school in doubt

Less than six months before it's set to open, the future of what had been planned as a conservatory-level arts high school run by the Los Angeles Unified School District, appears to be in jeopardy. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

UCLA acquires archives of Los Angeles writer John Fante

After nearly nine years of negotiations, UCLA announced today it’s acquired – for an undisclosed amount – the archives of the late Los Angeles writer John Fante. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Some teachers tell LA Unified they're open to furlough

In a closed meeting today a group of L.A. Unified teachers told the president of the school district's board they're open to furloughs to help avert layoffs. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Teachers await news on possible layoffs

More than 20,000 California public school teachers are waiting to find out within a month or so whether the preliminary layoff notices they received will become permanent. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez spoke to one such teacher in Orange County; he brings us this profile.