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

Consul general says travel to Mexico still safe, if precautions taken

Burial is scheduled this week for Bobby Salcedo, a popular El Monte educator fatally shot in Mexico on New Year’s Eve. Mexico’s consul general in Los Angeles says the incident, while tragic, shouldn’t discourage travel to Mexico.

Pasadena charter school employs 'chasers' to help dropouts graduate

Teenagers drop out of school for many reasons – social, psychological, family stresses and academic challenges. Learning Works charter school in Pasadena employs more than half a dozen young people, some only a couple of years out of high school, to chase down dropouts, check on their performance and help them keep a lid on the drama in their lives.

Pasadena charter school graduates chronic dropouts

In less than two years the Learning Works charter school in Pasadena has helped many chronic dropouts and minors on probation to finish their studies and earn high school diplomas.

Otis College toy design students adapt to industry trends

The holiday season is the most important time of the year for toy manufacturers and retailers. It's also when some local college students aiming for careers in the toy industry finish their studies.

United Teachers Los Angeles sues to stop handover of 24 new schools

Within months, the Los Angeles Unified School District is set to green-light petitions from outside groups — including charter school operators — to run newly-built campuses. The school district’s teachers union announced today it’s suing to stop that process.

LA Mayor Villaraigosa taps new education deputy

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has gone outside of California to pick a new advisor on education issues.

Ukrainian billionaire philanthropist appointed new MOCA trustee

The Museum of Contemporary Art is making strides to improve its ledger and strengthen its administration. The Los Angeles museum announced today it’s added three trustees to its board, including a jet-setting Ukrainian industrialist.

LA Unified targets ineffective beginning teachers

Ineffective teachers are in the crosshairs of L.A. Unified schools superintendent Ramon Cortines. Cortines announced today administrators will do more to weed out incompetent beginning teachers before they gain tenure.

Artist paints last meals of executed death row inmates

A new exhibit at the Luckman Art Gallery at Cal State Los Angeles delves into the social, political and historical aspects of food.

Teachers and students protest campus takeover by LAUSD Superintendent

Teachers and students of Fremont High School in South Los Angeles protested over plans by L.A. Unified's superintendent to take over the chronically low-performing campus next year and force every employee to reapply for their jobs.

Preparation and support faulty for many California teachers

Many teachers in public high schools aren’t getting the preparation and support they need to carry out school district-mandated reforms, according to a study commissioned by the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning.

Jewish centers and schools reach out during Hanukkah

Jews around the world celebrate the festival of Hanukkah for eight nights, beginning tonight. Some Southland Jewish institutions take the economy into account during their observances.

Long Beach telephone workers protest job losses

Some Southland telephone workers who answer and help maintain emergency and information call services will join the ranks of the unemployed this month. The labor union that represents them staged a large protest rally today outside their building in Long Beach.

Orange Unified school district considers large budget cuts

Administrators at one of Orange County’s largest school districts are set to vote tonight at 7 p.m. on significant budget cuts to their district.

CSU Long Beach proposal would erase Che Guevara image from art

Student leaders at public universities aren’t only debating fee hikes and class cuts. A Cal State Long Beach student senator wants an image of a hero of the Cuban revolution removed from a mural in the campus humanities building.