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

LAUSD Improves Standardized Test Scores

The state's yearly Academic Performance Index scores are out. They went up statewide. The Los Angeles Unified schools as a whole also showed improvement. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

After 11 Years, LA Unified Opens Most Expensive School to Date

After years of controversy, drama, and emotion-filled board meetings, the Roybal Learning Center, formerly known as the Belmont Learning Complex, opened its doors to students Wednesday. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Glendale Unified Inaugurates Unusual German-Immersion Kindergarten

Many public schools in the Southland welcomed students to their first day of school Tuesday. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez visited a campus where the youngest students are pretty sure to learn the meaning of the word "kindergarten."

Gallery Exhibit Explores East Los Angeles D.J. Culture

DJ culture, with its turntables, record scratching, and fashions, is ever-present in mainstream television, movies and advertising. An exhibit at a downtown L.A. gallery argues that East L.A. DJ's as far back as 30 years ago and the Eastside parties where they played constitute an overlooked chapter of DJ culture. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports about the gallery's efforts to unearth cultural history.

Getty Musuem Taps New Director

The Getty Museum has hired Michael Brand, the director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, to be its new director. The appointment comes as several Getty officials find themselves under investigation.

Undocumented Student Struggles to Raise Money to Attend Elite University

If you're about to enter college, it's time to nail down plans to move into student housing and probably past time to secure your plan to pay for tuition, fees, and living expenses. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports about one Southland high school graduate who's struggled to raise the money he needs before he's supposed to enroll at one of California's elite universities next month.

College Administrators Tackle Student Enrollment Problems

This week in Los Angeles, college and university administrators from around the country tackled a vexing issue in higher education: how to open the doors to more students and keep them enrolled. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Historians, Activists Fight to Save Renowned Sherman Oaks Mural

Art historians and local activists in Sherman Oaks are decrying the likely destruction of an 85-foot-long mural created in a Jewish neighborhood. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LAUSD Approves Largest School Bond for November Ballot

Voters in L.A. Unified's boundaries will decide in November on the largest bond measure in district history. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says the Board of Education voted yesterday to put it on the ballot.

Mark Taper Forum Reopens After $30 Million Makeover

Arts and civic leaders reopened downtown L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum Tuesday after a one year, $30 million makeover. The theater opened 41 years ago with the name of its main benefactor, Mark Taper, a Polish immigrant who'd made a fortune as a developer and investor. Taper valued thought-provoking theater. And as KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports, that'll continue in the improved facilities.

Inglewood Police Chief Explains 911 Call That Led to Fatal Shooting

Inglewood officials Friday spoke for the first time in detail about the 9-1-1 call that led to the shooting death of a postal worker by a police officer early Monday morning. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Former Guest Workers Make Progress in Effort to Recoup Lost Funds

The decades old struggle by former Mexican guest workers to recoup pension funds appears to be coming to a close. The Mexican government recently decided to pay millions of dollars to former braceros living there and in the United States. A group of Southland braceros gathered in L.A. yesterday. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was there.

Conceptual Artist Re-enacts 1971 Speech by Cesar Chavez in L.A.

For almost two years, an East Coast conceptual artist has re-enacted decades-old speeches by famous figures of the American left. The artist is in Los Angeles this weekend to stage an anti-war speech one of those figures delivered to a crowd of thousands in Exposition Park 37 years ago. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Long Beach Customers Face Long Waits at IndyMac

In Long Beach, hundreds of IndyMac Bank account holders showed up Monday at the Pacific Coast Highway branch to close out their accounts. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was there.

L.A. County Supervisor Calls on Archdiocese to Account for Sale of Building

A powerful L.A. politician said Friday that Los Angeles' Roman Catholic Archdiocese mishandled the sale of an East L.A. building for decades home to a nationally known arts group. She's calling on Catholic leaders to explain their actions. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.