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

Exhibit of Latin American master painters opens

Santa Ana’s Bowers Museum has just opened an exhibit of 41 works by Latin American master painters. The art’s in the collection of the Mexican company that bottles Dos Equis beer and Coca-Cola sold in Mexico. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Work of seminal Colombian painter on display in Santa Ana

Painter Fernando Botero is best known for his rotund portraits of the Colombian elite. But he’s also depicted the death of drug lord Pablo Escobar and the Abu Ghraib torture victims in Iraq. A new exhibit opened Saturday of a hundred works by Botero is on display at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

473 carat emerald on display in Santa Ana

Owners of a Colombian mine have lent the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana a large emerald crystal valued at 3-and-a-half million dollars. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez got a peek.

USC School of Music turns 125 years old

USC’s Thornton School of Music launched its 125th birthday party this week. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says the institution has adapted and thrived in a changing music world.

First LA single-gender public school opens

Across the country in recent years, there’s been a sharp rise in the number of single-gender schools. The Southland has a few. The Los Angeles Unified School District opened its first one yesterday. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was there.

OC school settles bias lawsuit

The American Civil Liberties Union said today it’s settled a lawsuit against a school district it said fostered homophobia and sexism among students. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Some LAUSD schools offer new innovative curricula on first day of school

The Los Angeles Unified School District opens seven new schools today. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that some offer traditional curricula in new buildings, while others are trying unconventional approaches to learning.

Following Engine #111

Today’s 6am briefing at the Station Fire command post at Hansen Dam laid out the fire’s steady, destructive march in spite of high humidity and low winds during the night. I left soon after the briefing and before Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger arrived for a briefing and press conference.

Long Beach charter school faces financial, academic challenges

In recent years, financial problems and sub-par academic performance have plagued one of the oldest charter schools in the Southland. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that independent public school faces a school board vote tonight that will determine its future.

Former LA schools administrator pleads no contest to student sex charges

A former Los Angeles Unified School District employee entered a no-contest plea today to charges that he committed lewd acts with three underage girls and had sex with another. All were students at campuses where he’d worked. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Donations save LACMA film program

The long-running film program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art won’t fade to black after all. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says that $150,000 in donations from Time Warner Cable and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will allow LACMA to maintain the film program for at least another year.

Outside operators to run 250 LA Unified schools

In spite of strong opposition from its powerful teachers’ union, the seven-member Los Angeles Unified school board approved a plan yesterday to hand over control of about one-third of its schools to outside operators. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LA Unified board approves school control plan

The Los Angeles Unified School Board has approved a plan to turn over a third of schools in the district to outside operators. Six board members voted yes, only one voted no. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez followed the vote and discussed the outcome with All Things Considered host Alex Cohen.

LA mayor stumps for far-reaching schools reform

The Los Angeles Unified school district is set to vote tomorrow on a measure that would transfer governance of about one-third of its schools to outside operators. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that the plan’s main proponent, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, is stumping for the plan until the eleventh hour.

Artists document city-animal encounters

A pair of artists has created an exhibit out of the tension in Southern California between its concrete jungles and its wild animals. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.