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

Artists, writers represent Los Angeles at international book fair

About a hundred Los Angeles area writers, performers, and artists will sing L.A.’s praises for one week at a prestigious book fair in Mexico that begins tomorrow.

Applications flood California State University

On Monday, the deadline passed for applications to most of the 23 California State University campuses. Administrators said today they received a record number of online applications.

Report from CSU faculty warns of academic program cuts

Administrators at some Cal State campuses are weighing whether to close state funding gaps by eliminating academic programs and departments. The union that represents Cal State professors today released a report that criticizes these plans.

Composer blends Obama, Lincoln and Roosevelt speeches with orchestral music

A Southland composer has set out to introduce and remind listeners about the fundamental beliefs of American democracy. He's doing so through a symphonic work that blends soloists, a choir, a full orchestra, with the speeches of two iconic presidents - and the present one.

Green Dot Public Schools Chairman Steve Barr steps down

Steve Barr, the founder and chairman of the influential charter school company Green Dot Public Schools, is stepping down from day to day activities and his position as chair. A spokeswoman said today Barr is leaving Green Dot to work on “national education issues.” She gave no other details about his departure.

LAUSD and teachers union agree to substitute teacher changes

Los Angeles Unified and its teachers union announced Thursday they’ve solved a conflict over the school district’s approach to filling substitute teaching slots.

Poetic presidential speeches put to music

Through Saturday, UCLA is hosting a grand opening for its new Center for the Liberal Arts and Free Institutions.

Southland charter schools get funding windfall from Bill Gates

Software mogul Bill Gates announced today that his foundation will distribute more than $300 million in grants to improve teaching in public schools across the country. Gates pledged nearly one-fifth of that money to charter school operators who run dozens of schools in the Southland.

Committee approves 32% increase to UC student fees

Police arrested 14 protesters at a University of California Regents finance committee meeting at UCLA today.

15 year quest to honor Latino Medal of Honor recipients

The first Southland monument dedicated to recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor is about two-thirds finished on a patch of grass next to Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles.

Santa Ana mobile home owners protest high rents

People who live in a Santa Ana mobile home park organized a protest today against a management company they say is gouging them on their rent.

Tug of war over LA Unified reform models

Groups that want to take over governance of several dozen Los Angeles Unified schools have less than a week to apply. The process is part of a major policy change approved three months ago to improve education by handing over control of up to 300 low-performing and new campuses to groups that submit reform plans.

LA Unified officials celebrate new arts high school

Los Angeles Unified officials and elected leaders cut the ribbon Monday on Central L.A. High School #9, the district’s shiny new arts high school.

Medal of Honor monument going up in downtown LA

A first-of-its-kind monument dedicated to Congressional Medal of Honor recipients is about two-thirds finished in downtown Los Angeles.

Critics say LA pot dispensaries too close to schools

Los Angeles city officials have received complaints that dispensaries have opened up within a few feet of public schools. That would be illegal if the L.A. City Council approves new restrictions to regulate the city’s ballooning number of medical marijuana dispensaries.