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

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.

USC Financial Aid Dean Under Investigati

The University of Southern California is one of several schools investigating financial aid practices after New York's Attorney General alleged that officials profited from a loan company the university recommends to students. USC, Columbia University, and the University of Texas placed financial aid officials on leave Thursday after information surfaced that they held stock in the suspect company.

Charter School Founder Claims Success; Critics See Flaws

Green Dot founder Steve Barr is planning a major expansion of charter schools in Los Angeles. Barr says the success of Green Dot's charter schools show his approach works, but some education researchers aren't so sure the model can be expanded.

CSU Faculty Vote to Strike

The stage is set for professors at the 23 California State University campuses to go on strike. CSU faculty and administrators have until Sunday to decide whether to agree to a contract recommended by independent mediators.

Annual California Bilingual Education Conference in Long Beach Rallies Instructors

Although California voters dismantled the state's extensive bilingual education program in the 1990s, bilingual instruction didn't disappear. Some parent and school district-initiated programs remain. Thousands of bilingual educators continue to gather in search of better ways to serve English learners in public schools. The annual conference, organized by the California Association for Bilingual Education, takes place in Long Beach this weekend.

CSU Faculty Voting on Strike Authorization

The California State University is embroiled in a bitter fight between its professors' union and administrators. They've faced each other at the negotiating table for almost two years, but haven't been able to work out a contract for the union's 23,000 members. Pay is an issue, but so is the more subjective matter of respect.

Father and Daughter Team Up for New Art Exhibit

A new art exhibit in Los Angeles pairs the car culture and the Chicano Movement work of Frank Romero with the storybook prints of Sonia Romero. It's the first exhibit by the father and daughter team.

More Rookies Trying Their Hand at Art Collecting

Art dealers are seeing a growing number of first-time buyers, and the real estate market may have something to do with it. Other observers credit the glitz and glamour of record-breaking auctions.

Salvadoran Protest Group Cutumay Camones Reunites in Los Angeles

Members of a well known Salvadoran musical group from the 1980s are reuniting in Los Angeles this weekend after an 18-year hiatus.

Activists: Inglewood Beatings Being Ignored

Inglewood police officers have interviewed, for the second time, several Latinas who said they were beaten by a group of African American youths last week. Some Southland activists complain that Inglewood city officials and the news media are paying scant attention to this case.