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 espaƱol 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

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.

UCLA creates digital archive of unique languages

The late UCLA professor Peter Ladefoged was the Indiana Jones of spoken language. For almost 50 years, the phonetics researcher traveled the globe with recording equipment, in search of obscure and disappearing languages. This month, his colleagues at UCLA completed a four-year effort to create a digital public archive of his abundant field recordings. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Indian immigrants celebrate their own form of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just one of the customs immigrants embrace as they adapt to American society. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez paid a visit to Artesia's Indian business district to sample the East Indian flavors of the holiday.

Educators say mandatory testing makes it hard to teach Thanksgiving

California requires students to learn about the Thanksgiving holiday and the history surrounding it three times in their public school careers. But as KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports, a lot of students are missing out.

Taiwanese group aids fire evacuees

Blue-shirted members of a Buddhist group called Tzu Chi offered comfort to people forced from their homes by this week's wildfires. The group's based in Taiwan and its U.S. headquarters is in Monrovia. This year, for the first time, Tzu Chi began a partnership with the American Red Cross to help with disaster relief. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez spoke with a member of the Orange County chapter at a Brea evacuation center.

Vietnam vet MIA for 40 years buried in Cypress

For many military veterans and their families, the homecoming after the war is an indelible happy memory. Unless an honor guard accompanies that veteran home. One Southern California family waited 40 years for the remains of their soldier - a son, a brother, and a nephew - to return. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez attended the funeral and has this story.

Governor doesn't spare schools in budget cuts

Education officials pleaded with Governor Schwarzenegger to spare public schools from midyear budget cuts. On Thursday, the governor unveiled his planned cuts to close a gaping budget deficit. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Latinos make strong showing at the polls

For Latinos in California and the rest of the country, Election Day was tomorrow. Their strong showing at the polls made good on the refrain during massive immigration reform rallies: "Today we march, tomorrow we vote." KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez visited a heavily Latino Santa Ana precinct before polls closed Tuesday.