Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Correspondent
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
Software mogul Bill Gates announced today that his foundation will distribute more than $300 million in grants to improve teaching in public schools across the country. Gates pledged nearly one-fifth of that money to charter school operators who run dozens of schools in the Southland.
Police arrested 14 protesters at a University of California Regents finance committee meeting at UCLA today.
The first Southland monument dedicated to recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor is about two-thirds finished on a patch of grass next to Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles.
People who live in a Santa Ana mobile home park organized a protest today against a management company they say is gouging them on their rent.
Groups that want to take over governance of several dozen Los Angeles Unified schools have less than a week to apply. The process is part of a major policy change approved three months ago to improve education by handing over control of up to 300 low-performing and new campuses to groups that submit reform plans.
Los Angeles Unified officials and elected leaders cut the ribbon Monday on Central L.A. High School #9, the district’s shiny new arts high school.
A first-of-its-kind monument dedicated to Congressional Medal of Honor recipients is about two-thirds finished in downtown Los Angeles.
Los Angeles city officials have received complaints that dispensaries have opened up within a few feet of public schools. That would be illegal if the L.A. City Council approves new restrictions to regulate the city’s ballooning number of medical marijuana dispensaries.
An annual survey released today by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing gives high marks to beginning teachers who’ve entered the profession through fast-track alternative certification programs.
Voters in the boundaries of the Long Beach Unified School District on Tuesday rejected a parcel tax measure to fund public schools.
After a nearly 20-year tenure that saw improvements in academics, finances, and sports, Steven Sample announced Monday he will retire before fall of next year.
The federal government says its economic stimulus package from earlier this year saved or created more than 600,000 jobs. A small portion of those funds went to arts organizations, including some in the Southland that used the money to save jobs.
The Day of the Dead, the Latin American observance that takes place Monday, hasn’t displaced Halloween in the U.S. However, a scholar argues in a new book that the observance is becoming this country’s newest holiday.
Dozens of long-time substitute teachers protested outside Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters Tuesday. They're angry about a deal struck a few months ago between teachers union leaders and district administrators that gives priority for substitute teaching jobs to about 2,000 beginning teachers the district had laid off.
Guy Mehula, the chief of the Los Angeles Unified School District's highly successful school construction program, has retired.