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

Prop 86 Would Hike Cigarette Tax to Fund Health Programs

Proposition 86 supporters say the measure to hike the sales tax on cigarettes would reduce smoking rates and health care costs but Proposition 86 opponents say the proposition would be a boon for hospitals and HMOs.

LA Mayor and LAUSD Superintendent Talk About Future of Schools

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa met behind closed doors at LA City Hall Wednesday with the newly appointed Superintendent of the LA Unified School District, retired Navy Admiral David Brewer. Despite differences between the mayor and the school board, the two men say they're giving little thought to those conflicts.

Mayor: Asia Trip Will Increase Trade and Tourism

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Monday an Asian trade trip that took two weeks and cost half a million dollars in city funds will yield many benefits for the city into the future.

Roy Romer Prepares to Step Down as LA Unified Leader

Roy Romer will soon leave the LA Unified School District after six years as superintendent. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez sat down with Romer to talk about the highs and lows of his tenure.

New LAUSD Leader Takes Field Trip Through Communities

David Brewer III hit the ground running Monday, visiting with various groups in cities that are served by the school district he will oversee.

USC Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Historic Jazz Tour

A 1956 government-sponsored concert tour that ranks as one of the great diplomatic triumphs in US history was remembered at a concert at USC. The tour took Dizzy Gillespie's 17-piece band through the Middle East, Europe and South America and introduced the world to jazz.

Green Dot Has Sight on Two More LA Unified Schools

Charter school operator Green Dot is proposing opening charters in or around two of school district's lowest performing campuses - Crenshaw and Dorsey high schools.

LA Unified Files Suit to Stop Reform Plan

The LA Unified School District filed suit in LA Superior Court Tuesday against a school reform plan initiated by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, approved by state lawmakers, and signed by the Governor.

LA Writers and Artists Take Center Stage at Mexico City Book Fair

Some of LA's top writers and artists are making the trek south of the border as special guests of the Mexico City Book Fair. The annual event opened this weekend and focuses on Los Angeles and Havana, Cuba.

Apprentice Program Awaits Word on King/Drew

Each year hundreds of high school students receive their introduction to medical careers through visits to King Drew Medical Center, but the future of that program is up in the air now that King/Drew is losing federal funding.

Forum Focuses on Protection of Treasures in Disasters

Representatives of Southland cultural centers and first responders gathered at the Getty Center to talk about how to protect valuable artworks and other treasures in the event of a natural disaster.

Museum Profiles Influential Mexican Musician

Long Beach's Museum of Latin American Art is holding a symposium this weekend on the career of Mexico's most famous singer-songwriter, Jose Alfredo Jimenez. One biography says Jimenez left as big a stamp on Mexican music as Cole Porter and Irving Berlin did on American popular music.

Students Debate Civil Liberties in a Post-9/11 World

Dozens of Los Angeles Unified High School students commemorated the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by participating in "Dialogues on Freedom." The program sends lawyers into the classroom to foster discussion on civil liberties.

The Long Journey of the LA Unified Reform Bill

The LA Unified reform bill state legislators approved yesterday doesn't look quite like the one Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa initiated.

LA Mayor Celebrates Passage of School Reform Bill

A day after the legislature approved his plan to reform the LA Unified School District, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa celebrated by returning to the place where he hatched the idea a year and a half ago, during his campaign for mayor.