Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Correspondent

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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

Latino legal defense fund pins hopes on new leader

The lawyer who’s advised Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on key policy issues for four years starts a new job today just six blocks from L.A. City Hall. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has this story about Thomas Saenz, the new president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

New president/general counsel at Latino legal defense group

Over four decades the Los Angeles-based Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund has won notable civil rights cases on behalf of large groups of Latinos. A new president and general counsel takes over tomorrow. He’s the fourth person in as many years to hold that job. Observers say instability in the group’s top position has held back the nation’s oldest and most successful Latino legal defense group during a key moment in Latino civil rights. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Pasadena seeks teen voice in Master Plan update

A group of Pasadena teens set out today to tackle the city’s General Plan Update, an issue that usually only interests bureaucrats, developers, and city hall gadflies. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Bad time for Cal State furloughs

To help close a big funding gap, employees at all 23 California State University campuses must take two unpaid days off every month, many starting tomorrow. The president of one Southland campus told KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez that this couldn’t happen at a worse time.

LA mayor stumps for major schools reform motion

L.A. Unified’s school board is voting on a major school reform measure in a couple of weeks. It would remove hundreds of public school campuses from school district administration and transfer control to groups and individuals who apply. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez attended a Los Angeles forum yesterday where L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa stumped for the motion.

Southland fans riveted by Mexico-US soccer match

The stakes were high in the United States versus Mexico soccer match yesterday broadcast from Mexico City. Lots of Southland fans watched as Mexico beat the U.S. two goals to one. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez stayed on the sidelines as fans at one Los Angeles restaurant cheered on.

Mexico beats US in World Cup qualifier

Mexico defeated the United States soccer team today with a score of 2 to 1. The U.S. men had jumped out to an early lead, then Mexico tied up the score in the first half. Miguel Sabah scored the game winning goal for Mexico in the 82nd minute of the match. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman followed the match at an L.A. restaurant and he spoke to Alex Cohen about the fans' reactions.

Autry Museum scraps $175 million expansion

Officials at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles today blamed activists for their decision to scrap a $175 million expansion at the Autry’s Griffith Park location.

California opens classroom door to digital textbooks

An initiative by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to move classrooms to use digital textbooks moved forward in Costa Mesa today. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says that’s where the governor’s secretary of education unveiled a list of digital textbooks that meet state content guidelines.

State education secretary unveils recommended digital textbooks

California’s become the first state in the nation to review and recommend digital textbooks for its public schools.

State educators unveil digital textbooks

Earlier this year Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said the state could save a lot of money if it offered some high school math and science textbooks in an electronic format. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that tomorrow in Orange County the governor’s education secretary plans to unveil a digital textbook future for California classrooms.

Poets commemorate SF Valley shootings

A decade ago today an avowed white supremacist entered a San Fernando Valley Jewish Community Center and shot 70 rounds, injuring five people. He later killed a Filipino American mail carrier. The gunman’s serving a life sentence in prison. The racially motivated shootings rocked the Southland. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has this report about a group of poets staging a commemorative reading tonight they’re calling the “Poetry of Tolerance.”

Soldiers train for Afghanistan at Cal Poly Pomona farm

Soldiers from California learned to farm at Cal Poly Pomona this week. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says the training precedes a deployment intended to win Afghan hearts and minds with plowshares.

Soldiers train at Cal Poly Pomona for agricultural mission

A group of U.S. Army soldiers learned about fighting and farming this week as they prepared to deploy to Afghanistan.

Summer school turns students into apprentice researchers

Several dozen Los Angeles high school students wrap up summer school today. They took part in a unique UCLA program that turned them into apprentice researchers and education activists for a month and a half. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez spent some time with the young researchers in the field.