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

Broad Museum Opens at LACMA

After five years and $60 million, a new museum to house philanthropist Eli Broad's private art collection opens this weekend at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. L.A. is already home to one contemporary art museum. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez stopped by the "members preview" yesterday.

East L.A. Daycare Center Celebrates 35th Anniversary

Los Angeles County officials say proposed state budget cuts could make quality day care scarcer than it is now in working class neighborhoods. They point to the example of Centro de Ninos, a 35-year-old day care center in East LA. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez paid a visit.

Latino Voter Turnout Appears Strong in California Primary

Latino voter turnout appears to be strong in yesterday's elections. They supported Hillary Clinton by a two-to-one margin over Barack Obama. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez spoke with a few thirty-something Latinos gathered to watch election returns at a Los Angeles restaurant.

Artesia Carnival Group Adapts to Keep the Tradition Alive

This week, performers all over the world are preparing for boisterous carnivals that precede the solemn Christian season of Lent. Music and dancing will overtake the streets in Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans, and even Artesia in Southeast L.A. County. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez tells us about a Portuguese-American group that's staged performances in Artesia for a quarter century.

Mitt Romney Visits Voters in Long Beach

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney toned down his campaign rhetoric the day after he sparred in a debate with main rival John McCain. Why? Might've been manners -- Romney was the guest in the home of a Republican family in Long Beach. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was there.

Federal Officials Raid Four Southland Museums in Looting Investigation

Federal agents, armed with warrants,searched the offices of four well-known Southern California museums on Thursday. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says the raids are part of a multi-year investigation into illegally looted art in the collections of public museums

L.A. School District's Top Lawyer Leaves for UCLA Job

An L.A. Unified official who spoke out strongly against L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's schools takeover plan is leaving his post. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Federal Citizenship Office Promotes Immigrant Assimilation in Southland

A federal administrator appointed by President Bush visited the Southland Thursday to push an assimilation initiative for immigrants regardless of their citizenship status. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Educators Criticize Proposed Cuts

Governor Schwarzenegger has proposed deep cuts to public schools and colleges next fiscal year as part of a plan to close a two-year, $14-billion spending gap. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says educators are concerned.

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."