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

First African-American curator at LA County Museum of Art

There’s a new contemporary art chief at the Southland’s largest art museum. In January, 40-year-old Franklin Sirmans becomes the head of that department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez talked with the first African-American to reach that level of management at the museum.

8-month mural project beautifies LA school

After eight months and more than 500 gallons of paint, two Los Angeles artists unveiled Friday a mural project that’s reshaped the climate at an 82-year-old middle school. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LA's largest museum hires new contemporary art chief

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced it’s hired a rising 40-year-old curator to head the museum’s growing contemporary art department. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more on the first African-American to reach that level at the museum.

Southland Mexican identity in flux

It’s Mexican Independence Day, and millions of native Mexicans in the Southland will mark the day with toasts and cultural events. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that the size of the Mexican community complicates questions of identity.

Most public schools still below performance target

Important statewide public school test results released today indicate that schools are gradually improving. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Tragic high school athlete death not uncommon

Doctors say while tragic, Friday night’s on-field death of a Garden Grove high school football player does not appear to point to a trend. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

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.