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

LAPD detective arrested for murder

Grim-faced LAPD officials announced the arrest of one of their own for murder Friday. Detective Stephanie Lazarus was a patrol officer when she allegedly murdered her ex-boyfriend’s wife 23 years ago. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports on her extraordinary arrest at police headquarters.

After 7 years, Iraq War veteran earns college diploma

Sacrifice and hardship are behind many of the degrees awarded this graduation season. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez talked with a military veteran about the struggles she faced on her way to graduation day.

Cal Poly Pomona officials suspend fraternity after initiation led to student injury

Officials at Cal Poly Pomona said today they’ve suspended a campus fraternity and nine of its members after an initiation ceremony caused one student to suffer serious burns. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Cortines defends summer school cancellation due to budget cuts

At an L.A. Unified news conference today Superintendent Ramon Cortines defended his decision to eliminate summer school for more than 200,000 students this year. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Iconic LA jazz venue loses lease

Since it opened 16 years ago, the Jazz Bakery's become one of the top jazz clubs in the Southland, attracting the country's top musicians. It's a listening room; that is, a concert room free of waiters and clinking glasses and plates. This Sunday's show will be the last at the venue's longtime home in the historic Helms Bakery building. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez stopped by this week.

Students skip school to protest planned teacher layoffs

Several hundred L.A. Unified students skipped class this morning and marched to school district headquarters in downtown L.A. to protest planned teacher layoffs. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Hundreds of L.A. Unified students skip class to protest teacher layoffs

L.A. Unified students are the latest group to protest teacher layoffs. Several hundred high school students marched to school district headquarters in downtown L.A.

Literary scholar helps preserve seminal LA writer John Fante's archives

UCLA announced recently that it's purchased the archives of seminal Los Angeles writer John Fante. Scholars believe the documents shed light on an important mid-20th century novelist and his times. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez toured the archives with the Cal State Long Beach professor who was largely responsible for pairing them with UCLA.

LAUSD facing more cuts after statewide election

Public school administrators say California voters' rejection of a school funding ballot measure this week will mean more budget cuts. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

San Gabriel Valley home becomes polling place on election day

Southland voting officials locate polling places in schools, places of worship and, often, private homes. A few hours before polls closed, KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez spoke with a San Gabriel Valley woman who's opened her family home to voters for decades.

38 LA Unified teachers, union leaders arrested while protesting layoffs

Leaders of United Teachers Los Angeles followed through today on their promise to engage in acts of civil disobedience after an L.A. Superior Court judge ruled illegal the union's one-day strike. To protest planned teacher layoffs the union blocked the street in front of L.A. Unified headquarters. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says 38 union members were arrested in what they called an act of civil disobedience.

Judge blocks 1-day strike planned by LAUSD teachers union

Just three days before a planned one-day strike by L.A. Unified's teachers union, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge blocked the job action, saying it would violate the union's contract. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LAUSD superintendent appoints principal for new conservatory arts high school

The future of L.A. Unified's most expensive new high school appeared in doubt last month. The school district had failed to hire a principal, and a key backer said he'd lost confidence in the district's plans. Today the superintendent introduced the school's new principal and said the campus will open in the fall. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Teachers at 1 of LA Mayor Villaraigosa's Partnership schools threatening to secede

Teachers at one of the 10 public schools run by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's nonprofit say they're unhappy with the progress of change. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says those teachers are threatening to leave the mayor's partnership if promised changes don't happen.

Superintendent to ask regulators to stop planned teachers 1-day strike

L.A. Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines says he's filing a complaint today with the state's Public Employee Relations Board to stop teachers from carrying out a one-day strike next week. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.