Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Reporter

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Adolfo Guzman-Lopez is an education reporter for KPCC. He's been a reporter at the station since 2000.

After college, in the mid-1990s, Guzman-Lopez began reporting freelance arts and culture stories, mostly about the red-hot rock en español scene, to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, and the Tijuana newspaper La Tarde. He got his first public radio job at KPBS-FM in San Diego in 1996 as a news talk show producer. He freelanced radio features to Latino USA, Marketplace and other national shows. At KPBS he hosted and produced a daily, Gen-X arts and culture show called "The Lounge" which featured in-studio performances by Howard Jones and Sean Lennon with the band Cibo Matto.

Guzman-Lopez's reporting at KPCC has included the South Gate city hall corruption scandal; the L.A. mayoral campaigns of James Hahn and Antonio Villaraigosa; the SB1070 protests in Phoenix, the 2007 May Day melee; and coverage of L.A. Unified Superintendents Roy Romer, David Brewer, Ramon Cortines, and John Deasy.

Guzman-Lopez was born in Mexico City and grew up in Tijuana and San Diego.He now lives in Long Beach with his wife and two kids and is always open to hear traffic tips for the 110, 710, or the 5 freeways to downtown L.A.


Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Jefferson High School Program Aims to Ease Tensions, Broaden Horizons

Two and a half years ago, a series of racially charged brawls broke out at Jefferson High School in South Los Angeles. In their aftermath, the school district overhauled administration at the campus and poured resources into the school. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports on a new program at the campus intended to ease racial tensions and encourage college going.

International Political Art Groups Meet in L.A.

A growing number of artists around the world explore social and political ideas with works they never intend to exhibit in galleries. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says a small army of these self-proclaimed "interventionists" has descended on Southern California to compare notes.

DJ "Don Cheto" Climbs to Number Two Spot

For years, two Spanish-language DJs have ruled the roost in Los Angeles. Now a third disc jockey, who goes by the name Don Cheto, has moved into the number two spot. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says that listeners don't seem to care that his on-air persona, a country bumpkin delivering homespun tales and wisdom, is a total fabrication.

State Superintendent Convenes Summit to Close Achievement Gap

Tuesday and Wednesday, thousands of California educators will meet in Sacramento to grapple with a major problem in the state's public schools. School administrators and teachers call it the "achievement gap." As KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports, school leaders want to find solutions for each school, because doing nothing, they say, will cripple the Golden State's future.

Mural Artists Upset Over Removal of Paintings

About a month ago, the Friends of the Los Angeles River received permits to hold a two-day mural painting event where the river meets the Arroyo Seco. The purpose was to beautify hundreds of feet of drab concrete banks. But the project's turned sour. Event organizers say an L.A. County supervisor called a meeting afterward to criticize the murals' content and demand their removal. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Undocumented Immigrant Arellano Arrested in L.A., Deported

For a year, a Methodist church in Chicago granted sanctuary to Elvira Arellano, an undocumented immigrant. Federal immigration officials did not move to arrest her at that church. But Arellano was in Los Angeles this weekend and officers were waiting. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.

LAPD Practices New Crowd-Control Techniques at Rally

The LAPD arrested ten pro-immigrant activists who took over a busy intersection in Downtown L.A. today. It was one of the first times police officers used new crowd-control techniques adopted after the May Day confrontation between police and protestors at MacArthur Park. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.

Supervisors Meet to Discuss King-Harbor's Closing, Possible Future

At a meeting Monday, L.A. County Supervisors pledged to re-open the troubled King-Harbor Hospital in less than a year and a half. They may try again to run it, or turn it over to private management, with new administrators and employees in either case. County health officials closed the facility's emergency room on Friday and ordered the entire hospital shut down in less than two weeks. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.

Some San Diego Evacuees Sheltering in Orange County

The American Red Cross is sheltering hundreds of fire evacuees at two Orange County facilities. The first is at El Modena High School in Orange. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports from the second one in the city of Lake Forest.

Federal Immigration Officials Announce Largest Raid Ever

For the last few weeks, pro-immigrant activists protested federal immigration raids in the Southland. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that today, immigration officials revealed those raids have been part of a two week operation that's turned out to be its biggest to date.

Long Beach Student's Project Blends Exercise and Art

Cal State Long Beach student Sierra Brown took the long way to school on Monday. She swam 11 miles through the ports to her campus as part of an art project. Brown dreamed up the "Port To Class Supercommute" as a way of encouraging people to get out of their cars and take alternative forms of transportation.

Latino WWII Veterans Offer Thoughts on Ken Burns Documentary

KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez joined two Latino World War II veterans as they watched the first installment of Ken Burns' 15-hour documentary, "The War," on Sunday night. The filmmaker added interviews with Latino veterans after he was criticized for ignoring the stories of Latinos.

City of L.A. Honors Argentinean Music Producer

Thirty years ago, an Argentinean hippie who'd been jailed in his home country for playing subversive rock and roll immigrated to Los Angeles. That hippie's become a clean-cut, influential record producer with two Academy Awards under his belt. This week, says KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, L.A. City Hall honored his career.

LAUSD Board Approves Charter Company to Run Locke High School

L.A. Unified voted Tuesday on a first: handing over management of Locke High School in South Los Angeles to a charter school company. The vote took place after three hours of heated public comment about the future of reform at the nation's second-largest school district. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.

May Day Claims Filed Against City of Los Angeles

On Thursday, lawyers filed the largest batch of claims so far arising from a violent incident between Los Angeles police officers and protestors at MacArthur Park in May. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.