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

Actor Ricardo Montalban dies

88-year-old actor Ricardo Montalban died at his Hollywood Hills home today. Montalban's first screen roles were in films in his native Mexico. Then, says KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, he crossed over and never looked back.

LAUSD Superintendent releases plan to lay off fewer teachers

Los Angeles Unified School District's superintendent said today that the district will have to lay off fewer teachers than expected to close a large deficit in next year's budget. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LAUSD votes to move forward with thousands of layoffs

Shirley Jahad talks to KPCC reporter Adolfo Guzman-Lopez as news breaks that the L.A. Unified School District votes to move forward with thousands of employee layoffs.

LA-based Latino civil rights group MALDEF leaderless again

The 41-year-old Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund announced today that it’s named an interim chief as it embarks on a national search for a new leader. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Future of LA arts high school in doubt

Less than six months before it's set to open, the future of what had been planned as a conservatory-level arts high school run by the Los Angeles Unified School District, appears to be in jeopardy. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

UCLA acquires archives of Los Angeles writer John Fante

After nearly nine years of negotiations, UCLA announced today it’s acquired – for an undisclosed amount – the archives of the late Los Angeles writer John Fante. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Some teachers tell LA Unified they're open to furlough

In a closed meeting today a group of L.A. Unified teachers told the president of the school district's board they're open to furloughs to help avert layoffs. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Teachers await news on possible layoffs

More than 20,000 California public school teachers are waiting to find out within a month or so whether the preliminary layoff notices they received will become permanent. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez spoke to one such teacher in Orange County; he brings us this profile.

Los Angeles begins multi-year effort to save cultural landmarks

Preservationists say Los Angeles is doing a better job of preventing the loss of cultural landmarks to the wrecking ball. The City of L.A.'s 3-year-old Office of Historic Resources unveils an effort this weekend to systematically search the city's nearly 465 square miles for potentially significant cultural landmarks. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Scientists attacked by violent animal rights activists organize

A group of scientists at UCLA say they’ve formed a new organization to publicly counter opponents of animal research. Some of these opponents have tried to drive home their point with fire bombings, vandalism, and intimidation in several Southland incidents in recent years. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LA school board delays vote on layoffs

L.A. Unified's board of education was ready to cut more than 8,500 jobs at its board meeting yesterday. After nearly three hours of deliberation, loud protests outside the meeting room and a letter from Washington D.C., the board decided to put off the decision for two weeks. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Artist reunites with mural he created nearly three decades ago

Thirty years ago, a Los Angeles painter a couple of years out of art school began to photograph the people and storefronts along Broadway downtown. For nearly two years, the artist worked on a series of paintings based on those photos. Scholars agree that he created a seminal work of L.A. art. The artist hadn't seen the work after it entered a private collection a decade ago. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was present when he saw it again.

LAUSD set to vote on major budget cuts

At its regular meeting tomorrow L.A. Unified's board of education is faced with a decision whether to close a $700 million budget gap by eliminating 7,300 positions at its schools and more than 1,200 from the school district's central office. Some of L.A. Unified's labor unions say the cuts are unnecessary. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

UCLA unveils Mexican American music archive

UCLA is unveiling a massive digital archive of Mexican-American music recordings, some more than a century old. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story on today's event.

Mexican-American music is focus of new digital archive

Eight years ago, UCLA began an effort to digitize Mexican-American music from California and Texas recorded on independent labels. Some of those 40,000 records are done and the university's unveiling them today. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.