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

Latinos watch Inauguration and reflect on significance

During the Inauguration ceremony, KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez listened in on a Spanish-language broadcast of the proceedings with patrons of a Mexican bakery and restaurant in Long Beach.

LAUSD gives superintendent authority to lay off teachers

The L.A. Unified school board today gave its superintendent the authority to lay off more than 2,000 teachers in the face of massive state budget cuts. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

U.S. Army unit returns from deployment in Iraq

A U.S. Army combat support unit stationed in Iraq for more than a year returned home to the San Gabriel Valley today. At the welcoming ceremony, KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez heard quite a few soldiers talk about how the domestic economy has changed.

A leadership change at the LAUSD

These last days of the year are also the last days on the job for L.A. Unified Superintendent David Brewer. He leaves his position almost two years before his contract is up. Earlier this month, most of the school board voted to buy out the remaining time on his contract. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez examines Brewer's record.

UCLA education think tank sides with activists, draws criticism

After two decades at UCLA, renowned education professor Jeannie Oakes has left for a higher-profile job. She'll be in charge of education grantmaking at the Ford Foundation in New York City. Part of her legacy at UCLA is an eight-year-old education think tank that's offered scholarly reinforcement to education activist groups in their efforts to improve public schools. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

MOCA board agrees to bailout, resignation of museum director

Trustees and supporters of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art announced today they're accepting a $30 million bailout from a prominent philanthropist. That'll avert a proposed merger with the much larger L.A. County Museum of Art. MOCA, as it's known, was running out of cash. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says it could have closed next year if it didn't land a big patron.

Veteran educator Ramon Cortines will lead LA Unified School District

The L.A. Unified School District has a new superintendent. The district's board yesterday appointed veteran educator Ramon Cortines to a three-year contract one week after it voted to buy out Superintendent David Brewer's contract for about half a million dollars. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Ramon Cortines named new LAUSD superintendent

Ramon Cortines is the new superintendent of the L.A. Unified School District, replacing outgoing superintendent David Brewer. Shirley Jahad talked with KPCC's education reporter Adolfo Guzman-Lopez about the changeover.

El Dorado Nature Center volunteers preserve a natural habitat in the city

In the latest part of KPCC's "Season's Givings" series, Adolfo Guzman-Lopez visits the El Dorado Nature Center where volunteers help teach about plants and animals.

African-American civic leaders want say on new LA Unified superintendent

L.A. Unified's board of education was scheduled to deliberate in closed session yesterday about how to go about picking a replacement for exiting superintendent David Brewer. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says black civic leaders and L.A.'s mayor have something to say about how that process should work.

LAUSD board votes to buy out superintendent's contract

On a split vote in a closed session today, L.A. Unified's board of education voted to buy out Superintendent David Brewer's contract. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LA Unified superintendent is open to a buy out of his contract

For a week since school board members signaled they wanted him out of the job, David Brewer's defended his achievements as Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Yesterday at an L.A. Unified headquarters press conference, Brewer came closest to saying he wants out of the appointed position. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was there; he brings us this report.

Some criticize effort to oust LAUSD superintendent

Civic leaders continue to talk openly and privately about a reportedly botched effort by Los Angeles Unified's school board president to oust Superintendent David Brewer before the end of his contract. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more on the story.

LA Unified Superintendent Brewer defends record in wake of buyout reports

There's an effort to oust the superintendent the Los Angeles Unified School District hired two years ago amid great fanfare. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Report: LA Unified School Board to vote on Superintendent Brewer's contract

LA Unified School board members today reportedly will discuss buying out the contract of Superintendent David Brewer. The LA Times reports that key civic leaders, including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former Mayor Dick Riordan, are quietly pressing for Brewer to leave. Adolfo Guzman Lopez covers education for KPCC. He talked with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about the powers the school board has over Brewer.