Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Reporter

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez
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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

Federal Regulators Pull King-Harbor's Funding

Federal officials announced today that King Harbor hospital in South L.A. has failed a second audit of its facilities and quality of care. The federal government plans to cut off funding next week. Without that money the hospital's operators, the County of Los Angeles, can't keep it open in its current configuration. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.

Longstanding L.A. Troupe Still Serious About Being Funny

For almost a quarter century, three L.A.-based comic actors known as Culture Clash have used sharp satire to skewer politics and culture. Their appeal has broadened from Chicano radicals in the early days to ethnically mixed audiences from the suburbs. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.

MacArthur Park Band Shell Reopens After $1.7 Million Renovation

Live music is returning to the band shell at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. The city closed the 70-foot-wide performance stage five years ago because it was in such bad shape and the park around it was so dangerous.

Getty Agreement Brings Closure

L.A.'s Getty Museum announced today it's returning 40 ancient art objects the Italian government alleged were illegally looted from that country. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports the agreement wraps up foreign governments' claims that the Getty owned artifacts art thieves had smuggled out of their countries.

State Republicans Propose Cut to UCLA Labor Center

Sacramento Republicans are proposing a series of cuts to close a state budget deficit next year. One of the minor cuts would erase the budget for a very visible academic center in Los Angeles. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.

Southland Poet's New Book Explores Love, Death and Los Angeles

Los Angeles writer Eloise Klein Healy retired last year from a 14-year teaching career at Antioch University in Marina del Rey. Now she's released a new book called "The Islands Project." KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez sat down with her.

Arts Groups Worried About Hollywood Gentrification

Redevelopment in Hollywood is changing the face of a fabled, formerly gritty Los Angeles neighborhood. City officials say they're halfway through a 40-year effort toward achieving the landscape they want. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that some arts leaders fear redevelopment may erase what makes Hollywood unique.

Latinos Sound Off on Telemundo Scandal

Executives of Telemundo and parent company NBC placed reporter Mirthala Salinas on leave yesterday after she admitted having an intimate relationship with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Latinos in the Southland say they have mixed feelings about whether the scandal undermines their trust in Spanish-language television news.

Artist Leaves Mark on Former Latino Gay Bars

There's no shortage of opinion in the Southland about what constitutes a landmark. Earlier this week, in the dead of night, one Los Angeles artist cemented her own historical plaques to commemorate the Latino gay bars she says have been gentrified out of the Silver Lake area. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez went along and filed this report.

Avalon Students Celebrate Hard-Won Graduation

Public school districts across the state are struggling to lower high school drop out rates. Administrators at one school in the L.A. Harbor area say their campus should serve as a model. Teachers say it's a place where students make the best of their second chances. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.

Visual Art Strikes a Chord with L.A. Punk Rocker

Punk rock singer Exene Cervenka of the band X is showing off a new exhibit of collages in Culver City. It traces her punk rock travels and her emotional trips. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.

Turning a Passion for Cars into an Associate's Degree

Governor Schwarzenegger and other lawmakers want public school students to get more vocational education and one program that could stand to benefit is automotive education. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez profiles a recent community college graduate who enrolled in an auto program because his high school didn't offer one.

LAUSD Renames Magnet in Honor of Journalist Daniel Pearl

26 years ago, slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl graduated from Birmingham High School in Van Nuys. Now, the school's magnet journalism program carries his name. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.

Artist Probes Socialization Role of High School ROTC

For more than a decade, Santa Monica photographer and filmmaker Jona Frank has peered into the eyes of high school teens. In a new exhibit, Frank explores teens' often painful yearning to belong.

Big Donations Boost LA Charter Schools

Impoverished Los Angeles neighborhoods can expect to see more new charter schools in coming years. A Los Angeles charter company announced Thursday it has raised $10 million to open 13 new campuses.