Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Correspondent

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez
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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

LAUSD board votes to buy out superintendent's contract

On a split vote in a closed session today, L.A. Unified's board of education voted to buy out Superintendent David Brewer's contract. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LA Unified superintendent is open to a buy out of his contract

For a week since school board members signaled they wanted him out of the job, David Brewer's defended his achievements as Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Yesterday at an L.A. Unified headquarters press conference, Brewer came closest to saying he wants out of the appointed position. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was there; he brings us this report.

Some criticize effort to oust LAUSD superintendent

Civic leaders continue to talk openly and privately about a reportedly botched effort by Los Angeles Unified's school board president to oust Superintendent David Brewer before the end of his contract. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more on the story.

LA Unified Superintendent Brewer defends record in wake of buyout reports

There's an effort to oust the superintendent the Los Angeles Unified School District hired two years ago amid great fanfare. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Report: LA Unified School Board to vote on Superintendent Brewer's contract

LA Unified School board members today reportedly will discuss buying out the contract of Superintendent David Brewer. The LA Times reports that key civic leaders, including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former Mayor Dick Riordan, are quietly pressing for Brewer to leave. Adolfo Guzman Lopez covers education for KPCC. He talked with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about the powers the school board has over Brewer.

UCLA creates digital archive of unique languages

The late UCLA professor Peter Ladefoged was the Indiana Jones of spoken language. For almost 50 years, the phonetics researcher traveled the globe with recording equipment, in search of obscure and disappearing languages. This month, his colleagues at UCLA completed a four-year effort to create a digital public archive of his abundant field recordings. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Indian immigrants celebrate their own form of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just one of the customs immigrants embrace as they adapt to American society. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez paid a visit to Artesia's Indian business district to sample the East Indian flavors of the holiday.

Educators say mandatory testing makes it hard to teach Thanksgiving

California requires students to learn about the Thanksgiving holiday and the history surrounding it three times in their public school careers. But as KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports, a lot of students are missing out.

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.