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

3 Cal State Fullerton language degrees may be on chopping block

Cal State Fullerton is considering whether to eliminate degrees in French, German, and Portuguese.

Irvine, the undiscovered beatbox capital?

For decades, young, urban African Americans dominated the vocal percussion known as beat boxing. Now, there’s a Hassidic Jewish beatboxer, beatboxing’s a hit on French television, and last year a British young woman took a top prize at an international competition. A group of high school students wants to put suburban Irvine on the beatbox map.

Charter schools segregated, UCLA report warns

Public charter schools in the Southland and the rest of the country are increasingly segregated, UCLA researchers outline in a report released today. That’s leading, they contend, to unequal educational opportunities.

LAPD Deputy Chief McDonnell named new Long Beach police chief

Long Beach city officials announced today they’ve hired Jim McDonnell — a protégé of former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton — as chief of Long Beach’s 1,000 officer department.

LAUSD begins reform process of low performing schools

A first-of-its-kind experiment began today at dozens of Los Angeles Unified School District campuses. Teacher-led groups are competing with non-profit organizations to run 36 new and low-performing campuses in the district.

Parents, teachers and students vote on LAUSD campus reform plans

Voting begins this morning as the Los Angeles Unified School District allows parents, teachers, and students to cast an advisory vote on which non-profit groups should run three dozen low-performing and new campuses.

Public art needed for MTA's Orange Line extension

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is looking for a few good artists to enliven passengers’ waiting time.

LA Mexican consulate plans year-long celebrations

Two hundred years ago this year Mexico declared its independence from Spain. One hundred years ago the Mexican Revolution ousted a dictator and delivered significant political and land reforms.

Pasadena Playhouse to close due to financial woes

The curtain’s falling at the Pasadena Playhouse, possibly for good. Administrators said today that the venerable house’s current production will be its last.

High school uses Mexican guitar to motivate students

As Los Angeles Unified School District administrators are set to transfer dozens of campuses this year to non-profit groups that propose new methods to improve learning, the district's Frida Kahlo High School boasts of progress through an innovative East Coast model that got the thumbs up from a Grammy-winning musician this week.

Noted leftist historian Howard Zinn dies in Santa Monica

Howard Zinn, the 87-year-old leftist historian who had taught at Boston University and Spelman College, died in Santa Monica today reportedly of a heart attack.

Activists call for reform of LA School Police Department

As the Los Angeles Unified School Districts seeks a new chief for its police department, student rights advocates today called for an overhaul to the way the department carries out its mission.

Teachers at Capistrano Unified stage work slowdown

The union that represents more than 2,000 San Juan Capistrano teachers ends a work slowdown today as mediators try to thaw a labor contract out of a months-long impasse.

Seal Beach and coastal Orange County brace for storm, surf

Since 10:30 this morning Orange County fire crews have been reinforcing 15-foot tall sand berms in Seal Beach to protect oceanfront homes from growing surf.

Officials monitor coastal Orange County during storm

Coastal, low-lying areas such as Sunset Beach are a source of concern for Orange County officials.