Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Correspondent
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
Scientists at UCLA are stepping up their campaign against violent extremists and others who say there’s no human benefit from experiments on animals.
About 2,000 California State University Fullerton professors are taking unpaid days off three days this week, starting Tuesday. Severe budget cuts at all Cal State campuses are forcing all employees to take furlough days. Most other campuses are spreading out or staggering furlough days.
Several hundred Los Angeles Unified School District administrators and other employees worked the phones for a day Monday and visited door-to-door in search of truants and dropouts. Their aim was to persuade those young people back into classrooms.
The CSU system began accepting applications online this month for fall admission next year. University administrators say it’s been like opening a floodgate. Since October 1st, Cal State received more than 100,000 applications for roughly 90,000 openings in the fall of next year. That’s about twice as many applications as it got in the same period last year.
A law firm hired by the the union that represents Los Angeles Unified School District teachers advised the union to file suit to a policy that would allow outside groups to take over governance of more than 200 school district campuses.
At a boisterous campus rally on Wednesday, California Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico called on CSU Dominguez Hills President Mildred Garcia to end a plan that could lead to the elimination of academic programs and majors if the campus undergoes state budget cuts next year.
While most of the campus endures budget cuts, one academic program at California State University Dominguez Hills began the school year in a much larger facility thanks to a partnership with the Veterans Administration hospital in Long Beach. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says it’s the state’s only academic training program for people who fit artificial limbs and braces.
The majority leader of the state assembly says he’ll reintroduce a proposal to tax California oil producers in order to generate sorely needed funds for public colleges. More on the story from KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez.
First came the picnic; the formal sit-down dinner is next. Five days after a free concert for 18,000 people at the Hollywood Bowl, Gustavo Dudamel is set to conduct the orchestra at his inaugural concert as L.A. Philharmonic Music Director at Disney Hall Thursday. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more on the orchestral season opener.
A California state senator is now backing editors of the campus newspaper at Los Angeles City College in a struggle with administrators. The newspaper says the college cut its budget in retaliation for articles critical of administrators. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
Of the many Southland public school students who study English as a second language, most are Spanish speakers. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that a federal complaint filed Tuesday against an area school district sheds light on the challenges of providing adequate English learner instruction.
Los Angeles city and county arts officials announced Monday that nearly half a million dollars in federal stimulus dollars has trickled down to area groups to preserve arts jobs. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
Eighteen thousand people at a sold out Hollywood Bowl welcomed Gustavo Dudamel on Saturday night as the next musical director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Elected officials broke ground Wednesday on a two-mile storm drain project in Long Beach that’s set to give relief to residents who’ve endured up to three-foot floods in recent years.
A Los Angeles-based financial literacy group launched a five-year, $20 million national effort to keep teenagers in school by combining lessons in personal finance and life skills. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.