Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Correspondent

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Adolfo reports on K-12 education and higher education for Southern California Public Radio.

He’s been a reporter at SCPR since 2000 and in that time has covered many different types of stories including elections, transportation, fires, and the arts. His most memorable stories are the on-site reports at the 2007 May Day Melee protests at L.A.’s MacArthur Park, a fatal apartment collapse that shed light on L.A.'s dearth of housing inspectors, University of California students coping with hunger, South Gate overcoming political corruption, the 25th anniversary of L.A.’s seminal 1977 punk rock scene, social work interns helping students from military families cope, political dirty tricks funded by public funds in the Inglewood Unified School District, a profile of prominent L.A. poet Wanda Coleman, and a feature about Adolfo’s name appearing on the TV show "The Simpsons".

Adolfo's awards include the 2006 L.A. Press Club’s Radio Journalist of the Year and a regional Edward R. Murrow honor.

2016 is Adolfo’s 20th year in public radio news. He was hired in 1996 by KPBS-FM in San Diego as a producer for the daily news talk show These Days. He lives in Long Beach with his wife and kids.


Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Taiwanese group aids fire evacuees

Blue-shirted members of a Buddhist group called Tzu Chi offered comfort to people forced from their homes by this week's wildfires. The group's based in Taiwan and its U.S. headquarters is in Monrovia. This year, for the first time, Tzu Chi began a partnership with the American Red Cross to help with disaster relief. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez spoke with a member of the Orange County chapter at a Brea evacuation center.

Vietnam vet MIA for 40 years buried in Cypress

For many military veterans and their families, the homecoming after the war is an indelible happy memory. Unless an honor guard accompanies that veteran home. One Southern California family waited 40 years for the remains of their soldier - a son, a brother, and a nephew - to return. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez attended the funeral and has this story.

Governor doesn't spare schools in budget cuts

Education officials pleaded with Governor Schwarzenegger to spare public schools from midyear budget cuts. On Thursday, the governor unveiled his planned cuts to close a gaping budget deficit. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Latinos make strong showing at the polls

For Latinos in California and the rest of the country, Election Day was tomorrow. Their strong showing at the polls made good on the refrain during massive immigration reform rallies: "Today we march, tomorrow we vote." KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez visited a heavily Latino Santa Ana precinct before polls closed Tuesday.

Measure Q is largest bond measure in LA Unified's history

It's hard to drive within the boundaries of the Los Angeles Unified School District without spotting a new campus. The district's built 72 new ones so far with about $20 billion in voter-approved bond money. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more on another L.A. Unified bond measure on Tuesday's ballot - the largest in the district's history.

Cal State leaders prepare for possible midyear cuts

News this week that Governor Schwarzenegger wants to cut current public education budgets hit administrators like a pail of cold water. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez reports that leaders at California's public universities expect to hear the same request.

Governor Schwarzenegger floats idea of mid-year schools cuts

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has warned public school leaders to brace themselves for significant mid-year budget cuts. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story about how they're responding.

Southland museums to collaborate on arts exhibitions

Southland museum leaders have officially unveiled a collaboration that will showcase Southern California's groundbreaking contemporary art movements. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Voters to decide on Beverly Hills school bond

L.A. Unified's $7 billion school facilities bond is the region's largest on the November 4 ballot. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says a school district most people wouldn't consider needy placed the second-largest bond measure on next month's ballot.

University students feel effects of economic downturn

By now, university students have covered most of their yearly costs including tuition, books and some housing. But for some of them, the country's economic crisis has jumped the walls of the academy to challenge their efforts toward a degree. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez visited a Southland campus to hear from students.

Southland nonprofit group will digitize Holocaust testimonials

A Southland non-profit manages the largest video archive of Holocaust survivor testimonies. The original videotapes are degrading and the Shoah Foundation has begun a massive effort to transfer their content to digital format. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Long Beach coffee shop feels effects of slow economy

The economic downturn's forcing many people to cut back on luxuries. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez talked to the owner of a small coffee roasting company in Long Beach who's struggling to convince customers that gourmet coffee is indispensable.

Southland group remembers 1968 Mexico City massacre

Forty years ago today soldiers shot and killed dozens of people at an antigovernment rally in Mexico City. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says Los Angeles activist groups have organized an afternoon of performances this weekend under the motto, "We will not forget."

LA Chamber Orchestra celebrates 40th anniversary

For the last century in classical music, the dominant force has been the large symphony orchestra of about one hundred musicians. Smaller chamber orchestras have worked hard to carve out audiences in the shadow of their larger, more flashy siblings. The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has done just that for four decades. The orchestra opens its season and celebrates its 40th anniversary Saturday night. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Echo Park is center for growing experimental music scene

The roots of avant garde music extend back to World War Two when American and European musicians created experimental compositions. Experimental music's signature work is John Cage's composition Four Minutes, Thirty-three Seconds. It's that much silence, intended to turn listeners' ears to the sounds that surround them. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that a new generation inspired by experimental composers and performers is feeding a growing music scene in and around L.A.'s Echo Park neighborhood.