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

Union president stumps for early childhood education

The president of the one and a half million member American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, visited a Head Start program in Watts to highlight the importance of early childhood education.

Teachers union president criticizes LA Times 'value added' teacher analysis

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten spoke to teachers and administrators at the Kedren Head Start Center in Watts. She said the L.A. Times is wrong to release test score data from thousands of L.A. Unified teachers later this month in its "value added" analysis. Weingarten also called for lawmakers to stay away from early childhood education budgets.

New LA Unified schools open under Public School Choice initiative

Starting this week the curtain rises on one of the most significant reforms at the Los Angeles Unified School District in more than a decade. L.A. Unified’s handed the administration of dozens of new and low-performing schools to outside nonprofits and teacher groups that will try new plans to better educate kids.

Rio Hondo college partners with UC Irvine

Rio Hondo Community College in the East San Gabriel Valley today announced a partnership with an area school district and UC Irvine that seeks to get more students into the four-year university.

State English, math test scores inch up in STAR exams

Results out today from an annual batch of standardized tests indicate incremental improvement among public school students.

Autry National Center hires new president

The Autry Museum in L.A. has hired a new president.

Veterans mark WWII act of interfaith bravery

A group of veterans plans to gather at the Queen Mary in Long Beach tomorrow to commemorate an act of bravery during World War II.

UC researchers approve labor contract

Nearly two years after they formed a union, about 6,500 University of California employees have their first labor contract.

Pasadena Pops conductor stepping down

After a decade, conductor Rachel Worby is leaving her position as Pasadena Pops music director.

Questions arise about spending federal funds for Calif. teachers

California educators are elated that the federal government plans to send California about $1.2 billion for teacher jobs. Those educators also have a lot of questions.

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.