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

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.

Demonstrators Return to MacArthur Park

Immigration reform demonstrators held another rally at MacArthur Park on Thursday, two weeks after violence marred a May 1 rally. The May Day demonstration ended when police used batons and rubber bullets to clear people from the park after some demonstrators lobbed bottles and rocks at them.

Villaraigosa-Backed Candidates Win L.A. School Board Seats

Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney Tamar Galatzan and former West Covina Unified Superintendent Richard Vladovic were both elected Tuesday to the L.A. Unified Board of Education. Both candidates were endorsed by Mayor Villaraigosa.

Candidates Spend Millions in Race for School Board Seat

Two seats on the L.A. Unified Board of Education are open in this week's runoff elections. In one of those races, candidates are likely to spend more than $3 million to win a part-time position that pays $24,000 a year. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.

Muckraking Web Master Digs Dirt on Long Beach

Publishers of a new weekly Long Beach newspaper claim that L.A. County's second largest city is media-starved. Some residents and civic leaders say the city's only daily newspaper can't do it all. They point to a Long Beach Web site they say is providing original reporting missed by many media outlets. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.

South L.A. Residents Sound Off on Rally Violence

The FBI has agreed to a request by Los Angeles police chief Bill Bratton to investigate the violence that followed Tuesday's immigration rally at MacArthur Park. The violence has been the talk of many Angelenos.

LA Mayor: MacArthur Park Scuffle "Wrong"

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke in LA for the first time about Tuesday's violent protest in MacArthur Park. The mayor cut short a trade mission to answer the growing outcry about LAPD use of force at the march.

L.A. Immigrant Rights Rally Turns Violent

One of two large pro-immigrant protests in Los Angeles yesterday ended in violence. Los Angeles police officers in riot gear fired rubber bullets and used batons to disperse thousands of people. Several, including journalists, were injured.

Hate Watchdog Group Issues Warning About Southland Professor

The Southern Poverty Law Center is out with a warning that a Southland professor's academic research fuels the agenda of white supremacist groups. The professor insists he doesn't support the views of those groups.

Japanese-Born Architect Will Chair Prestigious UCLA Department

UCLA has hired Japanese-born Hitoshi Abe to head the school's Department of Architecture and Urban Design.

Jewish Symphony Takes Music Education to Classrooms

The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony holds workshops for elementary school students to introduce them to orchestra music and to teach the youngsters about the ancient culture of Spain's Jews.

Mayor's LAUSD Takeover Bid Declared Unconstitutional Again

A three-judge panel said Tuesday that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's LAUSD governance plan violates California's constitutional separation of city and school governments.

Pass Rate for Exit Exam on the Rise

California's Superintendent of Public Instruction said Monday almost half of the high school seniors who failed last year's California exit exam are still trying to pass the test. Most enrolled in a fifth year of high school, while others signed up for adult classes.

L.A. School Board Does About Face on Charter Schools Proposal

The Los Angeles Unified Board of Education has reversed itself and will allow a charter school company to run one of the district's lowest-performing schools.

L.A. Philharmonic's Music Director to Step Down

Esa-Pekka Salonen will give up his role as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in two years. He's passing the baton to Gustavo Dudamel, a 26-year old Venezuelan conductor.