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

Southland museums to collaborate on arts exhibitions

Southland museum leaders have officially unveiled a collaboration that will showcase Southern California's groundbreaking contemporary art movements. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Voters to decide on Beverly Hills school bond

L.A. Unified's $7 billion school facilities bond is the region's largest on the November 4 ballot. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says a school district most people wouldn't consider needy placed the second-largest bond measure on next month's ballot.

University students feel effects of economic downturn

By now, university students have covered most of their yearly costs including tuition, books and some housing. But for some of them, the country's economic crisis has jumped the walls of the academy to challenge their efforts toward a degree. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez visited a Southland campus to hear from students.

Southland nonprofit group will digitize Holocaust testimonials

A Southland non-profit manages the largest video archive of Holocaust survivor testimonies. The original videotapes are degrading and the Shoah Foundation has begun a massive effort to transfer their content to digital format. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Long Beach coffee shop feels effects of slow economy

The economic downturn's forcing many people to cut back on luxuries. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez talked to the owner of a small coffee roasting company in Long Beach who's struggling to convince customers that gourmet coffee is indispensable.

Southland group remembers 1968 Mexico City massacre

Forty years ago today soldiers shot and killed dozens of people at an antigovernment rally in Mexico City. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says Los Angeles activist groups have organized an afternoon of performances this weekend under the motto, "We will not forget."

LA Chamber Orchestra celebrates 40th anniversary

For the last century in classical music, the dominant force has been the large symphony orchestra of about one hundred musicians. Smaller chamber orchestras have worked hard to carve out audiences in the shadow of their larger, more flashy siblings. The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has done just that for four decades. The orchestra opens its season and celebrates its 40th anniversary Saturday night. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Echo Park is center for growing experimental music scene

The roots of avant garde music extend back to World War Two when American and European musicians created experimental compositions. Experimental music's signature work is John Cage's composition Four Minutes, Thirty-three Seconds. It's that much silence, intended to turn listeners' ears to the sounds that surround them. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that a new generation inspired by experimental composers and performers is feeding a growing music scene in and around L.A.'s Echo Park neighborhood.

Pasadena Unified overhauls its middle schools

Increasingly, California school districts are rethinking instruction at their middle schools. Weak test scores and new research about what works is jump-starting some of the changes. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that one Southland school district is ahead of the pack.

State Appeals Court Rejects In-State Tuition for Illegal Immigrants

A state appeals court has ruled that illegal immigrants enrolled in California public colleges can't pay reduced in-state resident tuition. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the details.

Educators Sound Off on State Budget Proposal

Sacramento's withheld funding from schools as lawmakers squabbled for more than two months about how to close a multibillion dollar deficit. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez talked with some school administrators to gauge their responses to the budget deal.

Fewer High School Students Pass California's Exit Exam

State education officials are applauding the latest results from the mandatory California High School Exit Exam. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more on the figures released on Tuesday.

LAUSD Improves Standardized Test Scores

The state's yearly Academic Performance Index scores are out. They went up statewide. The Los Angeles Unified schools as a whole also showed improvement. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

After 11 Years, LA Unified Opens Most Expensive School to Date

After years of controversy, drama, and emotion-filled board meetings, the Roybal Learning Center, formerly known as the Belmont Learning Complex, opened its doors to students Wednesday. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Glendale Unified Inaugurates Unusual German-Immersion Kindergarten

Many public schools in the Southland welcomed students to their first day of school Tuesday. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez visited a campus where the youngest students are pretty sure to learn the meaning of the word "kindergarten."