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

LA Unified school board approves layoffs, budget cuts

On a 5-2 vote on Tuesday the Los Angeles Unified school board approved more than a billion and a half dollars in budget cuts for the next several years. The cuts include the layoff, effective next week, of more than 4,000 employees, more than half of those teachers. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LA Unified school board to vote on massive budget cuts

The Los Angeles Unified School Board has scheduled a meeting today at 1 in the afternoon. Its outcome could change the school district for years to come. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LA's Hammer Museum previews upcoming shows

The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles gave a preview of upcoming exhibits – and KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was there.

Westwood's Hammer Museum unveils upcoming exhibits

Officials at Westwood's Hammer Museum today previewed the contemporary art museum's upcoming exhibits.

LA Unified set to take final vote on budget cuts

After months of deliberation, Los Angeles Unified School District board members are set to vote tomorrow on cuts that’ll add up to nearly $900 million for the coming fiscal year. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

LA schools chief says parcel tax only way to balance LA Unified budget

Los Angeles Unified schools chief Ramon Cortines said today that a parcel tax on next year’s ballot might be the only way to balance the district’s budget in the coming years.

Muslim high school grad praised as 'peacemaker'

The students at many Los Angeles high schools are a rich ethnic mosaic. But at some campuses, that mosaic shatters into jagged pieces. It was like that at one San Fernando Valley school – but an 18-year-old high school student helped put the pieces back together again. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has her story.

Humor profs turn CSULB into Comedy Central

Cal State Long Beach is “Comedy Central” for the next three days. The campus is hosting humor scholars from around the world as part of the 21st International Society for Humor Studies conference.

Study finds that charter schools quality varies

A new study of charter schools in 16 states, including California, finds that the vast majority of those independent public schools are not doing much better than their traditional counterparts.

Education advocates push to make parcel taxes easier to approve

Several school districts are holding elections this month on whether to let voters approve taxes on parcels of land to fund public schools. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says education advocates are pushing changes in Sacramento to make it easier for these kinds of measures to pass.

Several hundred people attend LA arts town hall

Several hundred people attending a Los Angeles arts town hall today heard encouraging words about the outlook for Southland cultural organizations.

High school grad seeks college degree toward pop stardom

Arts educators say this year’s high school graduations include more students interested in the performing arts than ever. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez introduces a Southland graduating senior who’s decided to pursue a new type of college degree that she hopes will start her on the road to pop music stardom.

LA Unified pays tribute to longest serving board member

L.A. Unified's school board paid tribute on Tuesday to its longest serving board member. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LA teachers union opposes way federal funds spent

The union that represents Los Angeles public school teachers says it won’t agree to any pay concessions until district administrators change the way they allocate federal stimulus money. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LA nonprofit that helps traumatized youth expands

As social welfare programs get the axe, a century-old Los Angeles nonprofit just broke ground on a 48,000 square foot center just west of downtown L.A. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says the agency provides mental health and trauma services for young people.