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

LA Teacher's Union Sets Strike Vote

The head of the United Teachers of Los Angeles is accusing LAUSD officials of bargaining in bad faith and wants his 48,000 members to go on strike.

Tijuana Artists Try to Cast New Light on a 'Strange New World'

"Strange New World," a new exhibit of contemporary art from Tijuana, is on display at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Tijuana artists said their work is a reminder of their city's harsh realities, but also of Tijuana's role as Northern Mexico's most vibrant cultural metropolis.

Boys and Girls Club is Safe Haven for Harbor Gateway Kids

In today's newscasts and talk programs, KPCC has been examining racially-charged gang violence in Los Angeles. The 14-year-old girl shot dead last month in L.A.'s Harbor Gateway neighborhood spent a lot of time at the Harbor City Boys and Girls Club. Amid the violence on neighborhood streets there, the club is trying to provide a safe haven for kids. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez paid a visit to the club and brings us this report.

Thousands Attend Parade Honoring Martin Luther King

Thousands of people celebrated the legacy of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday with a parade through South LA's Crenshaw District.

LA Museum Displays Work of Influential Surrealist Artist

The LA County Musueum of Art is hosting an exhibit on the works of Belgian painter Rene Magritte. During an artistic career that spanned more than 50 years, Magritte transformed the out-of-place into the commonplace.

Roadside Memorial Honors Long Beach Teen, One Year After Her Death

During the last week, fans flocked to the Apollo Theater in Harlem to remember legendary singer James Brown. The Capitol Rotunda was one of several locations in which Americans honored former President Gerald Ford before his burial Wednesday. Place is important for those who mourn, and not just for the high and mighty. More than a dozen people gathered at a Long Beach intersection this week to remember the death of their 16- year-old friend.

An Old Japanese New Year's Tradition is Transformed in the US

The New Year's feast known as Oshogatsu is the most important holiday celebration in Japan. In the United States, many Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans have abandoned it, but by some accounts that's changing.

Southland Growers Fill Demand for Hard-to-Find Holiday Drink Ingredient

Many Mexicans and Central American immigrants can't imagine Christmas without a hot fruit drink called ponche, but one of its main ingredients has been hard to find in this country - until now

Local Band Puts Modern Twist on Old Hanukkah Song

There's plenty of music to accompany the Jewish "Festival of Lights." But an LA-based music producer decided most Hanukkah songs out there are boring, so he produced his own.

LA Mayor's School Reform Law is Struck Down

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled unconstitutional Thursday the law that would have given Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa a significant role in managing the LA Unified School District.

Southland Schools Struggle to Meet Needs of Homeless Students

The LA Unified School District estimates that there are 10,000 students in the district whose families don't have their own homes, but only five people are assigned to serve as advocates and counselors to them.

UC Campuses React to UCLA Computer Breach

Some of those in charge of computer network security at Southland UC campuses say no computer network is a hundred percent secure. They hope the UCLA investigation will help them to strengthen their own computer networks.

Company Settles Over Claims it Employed Slave Labor

The Los Angeles office of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has obtained a settlement of almost $1.5 million for 48 Thai workers who were held against their will.

East LA Native Celebrates 20-Year Opera Career

Mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzman began her career in working-class East LA and over the last two decades has become a world-class opera diva.

MOCA Displays Work of Celebrated Abstract Painter

LA's Museum of Contemporary Art has opened an exhibit of works by Mark Rothko, one of America's most important abstract expressionist painters.