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

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.

LA leaders praise departing LAPD chief

Los Angeles city leaders widely praised LAPD chief Bill Bratton’s success at fighting crime after he announced today he’s leaving his post in several months, three years before his term is up. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has this report.

New state education data shows changes in dropout rates

State education officials released updated dropout data this week. Dropout rates rose at some school districts and fell at others. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that the rates may not be the most accurate indicator of a school district’s success or failure at graduating students.

OC man charged with hacking video game consoles

Federal agents arrested an Anaheim resident Monday on charges that he modified home video game consoles to play counterfeit games.

Pasadena Summer School Takes in Regional Students

Budget cuts hit summer school programs hard in many Southland communities. For more than 30 years one Pasadena summer school program has weathered the funding roller coaster. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez paid a visit Friday as the month-long program wrapped up for the summer.

O'Connell praises data-driven schools improvement

California’s superintendent of public schools today visited a Southland school district he says is tackling education inequality by the numbers. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

17 people detained in Compton immigrant drop house

L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies detained 17 people yesterday at a suspected illegal immigrant drop house in Compton. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Bad economy hits OC arts center

It was a tough fiscal year for Orange County’s largest arts non-profit. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the details.