Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Education Correspondent

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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

LA County Sheriff may release Ruben Salazar death files

Forty years ago this month a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy killed Los Angeles Times journalist Ruben Salazar. LA County Sheriff Lee Baca said today he’s decided to reconsider a decision to keep the investigation records sealed.

L.A. County Sheriff reconsiders request to open files on Ruben Salazar

L.A. County Sheriff Spokesman Steve Whitmore told KPCC today he’s reconsidering the denial of a records request from the L.A. Times. “We’re going to revisit this request," Whitmore said. "The sheriff wants to make sure all options are explored before he makes another decision and that decision may be no. But he wants to let the process of analyzing all the documents, which the volumes are eight boxes full of paperwork.”

USC tops in foreign student enrollment

Enrollment of foreign students at American universities has risen slightly in recent years – even as the international economy has faltered. USC enrolls the most international students of any university in this country. The university runs an English-language program they hope will pave the way for university studies here.

End is near for some LA freeway murals due to graffiti

After years of graffiti tagging and futile restoration attempts, some observers say the end is near for dozens of Los Angeles’ once-glorious freeway murals.

Southland supporters of SB1070 going to Phoenix to protest judge’s ruling

One of the most visible Southland supporters of Arizona’s proposed illegal immigration enforcement law is longtime L.A. homeless activist Ted Hayes. He’s an African-American who aligned himself with national anti-immigrant groups about five years ago under the rationale that deporting all illegal immigrants would help solve the nation’s homeless problem. The group doesn’t have many followers, but it does hope to make a big presence in Phoenix this weekend with others to oppose a judge’s blocking of the main provisions of Arizona’s new immigration law.

Southland activists head to Phoenix SB1070 protest

Busloads of Southland protesters against Arizona’s new immigration law are headed to Phoenix tomorrow.

Financial aid up at Southern California private schools

The fiscal problems of public schools have gotten plenty of air time, but private K-12 schools in Southern California have also had to trim their budgets. The prolonged economic downturn has many private school staffs wondering how long they can hold on.

LA native performs Chicana-Gypsy flamenco show

It’s been nearly two decades since East L.A. native Maria Bermudez relocated to Southern Spain to absorb the region’s Gypsy flamenco culture. She will be on stage today and tomorrow with a show that delves into her Gypsy-Chicana identity.

[Updated] LAUSD chief Ramon Cortines is retiring

After a year and a half in the job, L.A. Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines says he's retiring from the school district in the spring. He says the long days and the workload during the budget crisis of the last few years has taken a toll on him.

Opponents of Arizona law to stage Friday benefit concert

Kanye West, Joe Satriani, Ozomatli and two dozen other major acts have signed on to a musicians’ boycott of Arizona. The coalition said today a Friday benefit concert could raise $350,000 for Arizona activists challenging that state’s new immigration law.

Two cities receive NEA arts grants

Two Southern California cities are among 21 to score major grants from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Cuts force LA public libraries to close Mondays

In a severe cost cutting move, Los Angeles elected officials closed all 73 libraries in the L.A. Public Library system today. The branches will close all future Mondays until further notice.

UC predicts large increase in community college transfer students

Figures the University of California released today suggest that the first-year student body this fall will be slightly more diverse and older than usual.

Activists in Westminster want city to adopt anti-illegal immigrant ordinance

The city of Westminster is the latest to debate whether to support Arizona’s move to enforce federal immigration law. Supporters of the Arizona law plan to make their case at tonight’s Westminster city council meeting.

Long Beach Unified moves forward with more teacher layoffs

The Long Beach Unified school board voted Monday to send layoff notices to more than 350 district employees by the end of this week.