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 espaƱol 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

LAUSD Rank and File Upset Over Villaraigosa Deal

A compromise proposal brokered between LA's mayor and the president of LA Unified's teachers union is upsetting more and more teachers. The union's membership may get to vote on whether to yank support of the plan.

Villaraigosa Taps Former LAUSD Head as Education Chief

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has appointed former LAUSD interim superintendent Ramon Cortines as his deputy mayor for Education, Youth and Families. Cortines' primary job will be to take up the push to change how the public school district is governed.

LAUSD Superintendent Bashes Mayor in "State of the Schools" Speech

L-A Unified School Superintendent Roy Romer retires this fall, after six years as head of the nation's second largest district. Thursday, he delivered his final "State of the Schools" address, and he used it to blast Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's LAUSD takeover campaign.

Non-Violent Parenting Class Draws a Crowd

Parenting shows on TV draw millions of viewers, but an Echo Park woman is relying on her 40 years of experience to teach packed classes about non-violent parenting.

Artists Upset at CalTrans Over Mural Damage

If you're driving in downtown LA on the Hollywood freeway near Alameda Street, you may want to take a quick look at the murals. Caltrans says it made a mistake earlier this week when a graffiti removal crew painted over two large, city-commissioned murals. [image] [image] [image]

Long Beach Community Garden is Still Going Strong

With all of the recent publicity about the eviction of the South Central community farmers, KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez visited a public farm in Long Beach that's been around for 31 years.

Graduating Seniors Reflect on Immigration Walkouts

Students at Huntington Park High School were among the first to stage a walkout in support of the undocumented. Graduating seniors say the experience was a defining part of their school career.

Educators Wary About LAUSD Governance Agreement

Reactions from LA Unified officials to the school district reform compromise ranged from concern to anger. Earlier this year, LA Unified's school board and superintendent joined the teachers union to oppose a previous overhaul plan Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled in his State of the City address.

Activists Decry Lack of Black Students at UCLA

African American activists are concerned that only two-percent of UCLA's entering class is black. UCLA officials defend their admission policies, but concede there's a problem.

LACMA Opens First-Ever Exhibit of Hockney Portraits

The LA County Museum of Art is displaying the portraits of British-born artist David Hockney, whose most famous works have influenced the way people look at Southern California. [image] [image

El Sereno Charter School Fires Back at Critics

Academia Semillas del Pueblo in El Sereno is defending its unusual curriculum in response to allegations from a talk radio station that the school teaches cultural separatism.

Highland Park Honors Southwest Museum Founder

Highland Park held a festival Sunday honoring Charles Fletcher Lummis, the founder of the Southwest Museum. Lummis walked to California from Ohio in 1884 and, along the way, developed a love of the history and culture of the Southwest.

Primary Ballot Measure Would Establish Universal Preschool

Supporters and opponents of Proposition 82 are campaigning down to the wire as Californians get set to decide whether the state should tax its wealthiest residents to fund universal preschool.

Southland Grad Gets Bachelor's Degree Times Three

Cal State Long Beach grad Ji Hee Kim has pulled off the amazing accomplishment of earning three bachelor's degrees in four years.

LA Unified Fights Back Against Criticism

Los Angeles Unified officials are touting the district's accomplishments in response to criticism from LA Mayor Villaraigosa.