Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Reporter
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
A decade ago today an avowed white supremacist entered a San Fernando Valley Jewish Community Center and shot 70 rounds, injuring five people. He later killed a Filipino American mail carrier. The gunman’s serving a life sentence in prison. The racially motivated shootings rocked the Southland. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has this report about a group of poets staging a commemorative reading tonight they’re calling the “Poetry of Tolerance.”
Soldiers from California learned to farm at Cal Poly Pomona this week. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says the training precedes a deployment intended to win Afghan hearts and minds with plowshares.
A group of U.S. Army soldiers learned about fighting and farming this week as they prepared to deploy to Afghanistan.
Several dozen Los Angeles high school students wrap up summer school today. They took part in a unique UCLA program that turned them into apprentice researchers and education activists for a month and a half. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez spent some time with the young researchers in the field.
Los Angeles city leaders widely praised LAPD chief Bill Bratton’s success at fighting crime after he announced today he’s leaving his post in several months, three years before his term is up. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has this report.
State education officials released updated dropout data this week. Dropout rates rose at some school districts and fell at others. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that the rates may not be the most accurate indicator of a school district’s success or failure at graduating students.
Federal agents arrested an Anaheim resident Monday on charges that he modified home video game consoles to play counterfeit games.
Budget cuts hit summer school programs hard in many Southland communities. For more than 30 years one Pasadena summer school program has weathered the funding roller coaster. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez paid a visit Friday as the month-long program wrapped up for the summer.
California’s superintendent of public schools today visited a Southland school district he says is tackling education inequality by the numbers. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies detained 17 people yesterday at a suspected illegal immigrant drop house in Compton. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.
It was a tough fiscal year for Orange County’s largest arts non-profit. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the details.
Members of California State University’s faculty union have approved a plan to accept two unpaid days off a month beginning next month. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
One Southland school district has rebuilt the traditional schoolhouse... online. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story of the first school of its kind in the state.
As expected, trustees of the California State University system approved a cost cutting plan to help close a half-billion dollar deficit brought on by Sacramento budget cuts. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez attended the trustees’ meeting in Long Beach and filed this report.
The budget deal the governor and state lawmakers hammered out spreads a lot of pain around California. KPCC's Nick Roman says the state’s public schools, from kindergarten to college, will feel their share.