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

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.

'365 Days' Theater Festival Kicks Off in LA

Each week, for the next year, theatergoers in Los Angeles will have the opportunity to see seven different short plays by the same writer. They're part of a national theater festival called 365 Days/365 Plays.

LA Unified Installs New Superintendent

The LA Unified School Board said goodbye yesterday to retiring superintendent Roy Romer and installed David Brewer III as his replacement. As Romer was being honored, Brewer was getting his first taste of the hard realities of the job.

As Election Wraps Up, Focus Turns Toward 2010 Governor's Race

Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has just won reelection to another term as Governor, but Democrats are already starting to openly talk about a future gubernatorial run by another political superstar - L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Opinions Mixed on Impact of Latino Voter Registration Drive

Following this year's immigrants' rights marches, there was a push to get more Latinos to head to the polls on Election Day. Now, activists are hoping that effort will help influence Tuesday's midterms elections.

Prop 86 Would Hike Cigarette Tax to Fund Health Programs

Proposition 86 supporters say the measure to hike the sales tax on cigarettes would reduce smoking rates and health care costs but Proposition 86 opponents say the proposition would be a boon for hospitals and HMOs.

LA Mayor and LAUSD Superintendent Talk About Future of Schools

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa met behind closed doors at LA City Hall Wednesday with the newly appointed Superintendent of the LA Unified School District, retired Navy Admiral David Brewer. Despite differences between the mayor and the school board, the two men say they're giving little thought to those conflicts.

Mayor: Asia Trip Will Increase Trade and Tourism

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Monday an Asian trade trip that took two weeks and cost half a million dollars in city funds will yield many benefits for the city into the future.

Roy Romer Prepares to Step Down as LA Unified Leader

Roy Romer will soon leave the LA Unified School District after six years as superintendent. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez sat down with Romer to talk about the highs and lows of his tenure.

New LAUSD Leader Takes Field Trip Through Communities

David Brewer III hit the ground running Monday, visiting with various groups in cities that are served by the school district he will oversee.

USC Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Historic Jazz Tour

A 1956 government-sponsored concert tour that ranks as one of the great diplomatic triumphs in US history was remembered at a concert at USC. The tour took Dizzy Gillespie's 17-piece band through the Middle East, Europe and South America and introduced the world to jazz.

Green Dot Has Sight on Two More LA Unified Schools

Charter school operator Green Dot is proposing opening charters in or around two of school district's lowest performing campuses - Crenshaw and Dorsey high schools.

LA Unified Files Suit to Stop Reform Plan

The LA Unified School District filed suit in LA Superior Court Tuesday against a school reform plan initiated by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, approved by state lawmakers, and signed by the Governor.

LA Writers and Artists Take Center Stage at Mexico City Book Fair

Some of LA's top writers and artists are making the trek south of the border as special guests of the Mexico City Book Fair. The annual event opened this weekend and focuses on Los Angeles and Havana, Cuba.