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

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.

Literary scholar helps preserve seminal LA writer John Fante's archives

UCLA announced recently that it's purchased the archives of seminal Los Angeles writer John Fante. Scholars believe the documents shed light on an important mid-20th century novelist and his times. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez toured the archives with the Cal State Long Beach professor who was largely responsible for pairing them with UCLA.

LAUSD facing more cuts after statewide election

Public school administrators say California voters' rejection of a school funding ballot measure this week will mean more budget cuts. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

San Gabriel Valley home becomes polling place on election day

Southland voting officials locate polling places in schools, places of worship and, often, private homes. A few hours before polls closed, KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez spoke with a San Gabriel Valley woman who's opened her family home to voters for decades.

38 LA Unified teachers, union leaders arrested while protesting layoffs

Leaders of United Teachers Los Angeles followed through today on their promise to engage in acts of civil disobedience after an L.A. Superior Court judge ruled illegal the union's one-day strike. To protest planned teacher layoffs the union blocked the street in front of L.A. Unified headquarters. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says 38 union members were arrested in what they called an act of civil disobedience.

Judge blocks 1-day strike planned by LAUSD teachers union

Just three days before a planned one-day strike by L.A. Unified's teachers union, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge blocked the job action, saying it would violate the union's contract. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LAUSD superintendent appoints principal for new conservatory arts high school

The future of L.A. Unified's most expensive new high school appeared in doubt last month. The school district had failed to hire a principal, and a key backer said he'd lost confidence in the district's plans. Today the superintendent introduced the school's new principal and said the campus will open in the fall. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Teachers at 1 of LA Mayor Villaraigosa's Partnership schools threatening to secede

Teachers at one of the 10 public schools run by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's nonprofit say they're unhappy with the progress of change. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says those teachers are threatening to leave the mayor's partnership if promised changes don't happen.

Superintendent to ask regulators to stop planned teachers 1-day strike

L.A. Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines says he's filing a complaint today with the state's Public Employee Relations Board to stop teachers from carrying out a one-day strike next week. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

LAUSD teachers union members vote for 1 day work stoppage

Results announced Friday show members of the union that represents 48,000 teachers and other L.A. Unified school employees approved a one-day strike to protest planned layoffs approved by school district administrators. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Lung Association report says smog in region bad, but improving

In its yearly State of the Air report out today, the American Lung Association gave four Southland counties failing grades for high pollution. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Getty to lay off nearly 100 employees

KPCC has learned that nearly 100 employees of the Getty are scheduled to receive layoff notices as soon as tomorrow. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

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.