Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Reporter

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez
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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

Poets in Southland Gather for Benefit of Ailing Writer

It's not easy to locate a concentrated literary community in the Southland. Some people blame the geography; it's so spread out, there's no central gathering place. But KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports the recent news of a well-known L.A. poet's illness has generated enough support to defy expectations.

LAUSD Payroll Problems Continue

The Los Angeles Unified School District's new payroll system came online a year ago and it continues to issue incorrect paychecks, though not as many as before. Administrators say the fixes they ordered months ago are working. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez visited the help center at district headquarters on Monday.

California Educators Brace Themselves for Proposed Budget Cuts

Governor Schwarzenegger delivers his State of the State on Tuesday and releases his annual budget proposal two days later. In both, Schwarzenegger is expected to prescribe remedies for a budget gap over the next two years. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that those proposals include mid-year cuts to public education.

Southland Band Blends Cambodian and Psychedelic Sounds

Los Angeles is known for its ethnic diversity, but very few bands climb into the rhythmic and aural spaces where cultures overlap. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says that one Southland band loves hanging out in that space.

UCLA Professor Says Academia Overlooks Importance of Chicano Literature

A UCLA professor wants to see universities overhaul the way they teach the literature of the West's fastest growing ethnic group: Latinos. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports she's presenting her ideas at an academic conference this week.

Area Professor Advocates a Revisit of 18th Century 'Peace' Text

As we head toward the presidential primaries, debate continues over the war in Iraq. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says academics gathering this week plan to engage in their own discussion about war. They're calling it "On the Enigma of Peace."

USC Prof Studies How People Talk About Art

The search for the right thing to say about a work of art at a gallery goes back centuries. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez spoke with a Southland scholar who researched the topic for an academic conference later this week. The professor has written a paper called "Art Appreciation for Renaissance Dummies."

County Holiday Celebration Returns to Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Southland Christmas Eve tradition celebrates its 48th year beginning this afternoon. More than 40 dance, instrumental and vocal groups will perform at downtown L.A.'s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The event is free. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez joined one performance ensemble recently as it prepared for the big event.

Getty Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary

This past weekend, the Getty Center launched a three-month celebration to mark its 10th anniversary. Most agree the Getty is a must-see destination, but KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says that not everyone agrees about the Getty Center's effects on the Southland art scene.

Season's Givings: Long Beach Group Needs Help to Run Therapeutic Pools

As part of our month-long "Season's Givings" series, KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez tells about a a non-profit group called California Pools of Hope. The group has operated a therapeutic pool in North Long Beach for more than four decades and is looking for volunteers to help out.

UCLA Class Analyzes Rise of "Hegemonic Humor"

Latino activists say there has been an increase in anti-Latino humor on mainstream TV, moving the rhetoric from the fringes of political debate to front and center. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports on a UCLA professor who's devoting a class to what's called "hegemonic humor."

Philharmonic's Incoming Dudamel Gives L.A. a Much-Anticipated Preview

The L.A. Philharmonic's conductor in-waiting, Gustavo Dudamel, was in Los Angeles last week for a series of concerts. It was his first concert performance here since the Phil announced earlier this year that Esa-Pekka Salonen will pass the baton to him in about a year and a half. Dudamel's conducted in L.A. before, but lots more anticipation accompanied this visit. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that orchestral music lovers were eager to hear for themselves whether the 26-year-old Venezuelan wonder would deliver.

Jefferson High School Program Aims to Ease Tensions, Broaden Horizons

Two and a half years ago, a series of racially charged brawls broke out at Jefferson High School in South Los Angeles. In their aftermath, the school district overhauled administration at the campus and poured resources into the school. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports on a new program at the campus intended to ease racial tensions and encourage college going.

International Political Art Groups Meet in L.A.

A growing number of artists around the world explore social and political ideas with works they never intend to exhibit in galleries. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says a small army of these self-proclaimed "interventionists" has descended on Southern California to compare notes.

DJ "Don Cheto" Climbs to Number Two Spot

For years, two Spanish-language DJs have ruled the roost in Los Angeles. Now a third disc jockey, who goes by the name Don Cheto, has moved into the number two spot. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says that listeners don't seem to care that his on-air persona, a country bumpkin delivering homespun tales and wisdom, is a total fabrication.