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

LAUSD Approves Largest School Bond for November Ballot

Voters in L.A. Unified's boundaries will decide in November on the largest bond measure in district history. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says the Board of Education voted yesterday to put it on the ballot.

Mark Taper Forum Reopens After $30 Million Makeover

Arts and civic leaders reopened downtown L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum Tuesday after a one year, $30 million makeover. The theater opened 41 years ago with the name of its main benefactor, Mark Taper, a Polish immigrant who'd made a fortune as a developer and investor. Taper valued thought-provoking theater. And as KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports, that'll continue in the improved facilities.

Inglewood Police Chief Explains 911 Call That Led to Fatal Shooting

Inglewood officials Friday spoke for the first time in detail about the 9-1-1 call that led to the shooting death of a postal worker by a police officer early Monday morning. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Former Guest Workers Make Progress in Effort to Recoup Lost Funds

The decades old struggle by former Mexican guest workers to recoup pension funds appears to be coming to a close. The Mexican government recently decided to pay millions of dollars to former braceros living there and in the United States. A group of Southland braceros gathered in L.A. yesterday. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was there.

Conceptual Artist Re-enacts 1971 Speech by Cesar Chavez in L.A.

For almost two years, an East Coast conceptual artist has re-enacted decades-old speeches by famous figures of the American left. The artist is in Los Angeles this weekend to stage an anti-war speech one of those figures delivered to a crowd of thousands in Exposition Park 37 years ago. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Long Beach Customers Face Long Waits at IndyMac

In Long Beach, hundreds of IndyMac Bank account holders showed up Monday at the Pacific Coast Highway branch to close out their accounts. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was there.

L.A. County Supervisor Calls on Archdiocese to Account for Sale of Building

A powerful L.A. politician said Friday that Los Angeles' Roman Catholic Archdiocese mishandled the sale of an East L.A. building for decades home to a nationally known arts group. She's calling on Catholic leaders to explain their actions. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Algebra Requirement Gets Mixed Responses

To some education experts, California's new algebra requirements for all public school eighth graders doesn't quite add up. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.

Archdiocese Sells Building Housing Venerable Chicano Cultural Center

Leaders of the Southland's most prominent Chicano cultural center are expressing shock over the sale of their long time venue. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Student Workers Accuse LA County of Bad-Faith Bargaining

After they voted to join a union last year, about 1,200 Los Angeles County student workers are negotiating their first contract. Their frustration over talks, they say, led them to organize a rally Tuesday because county negotiators won't budge. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Southland College Helps Motivated Teens Succeed

During the summer months, many colleges and universities reach out to middle and high school students who may be arriving late onto the path toward college. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has this story about one Southland private college that's pushing motivated high school girls beyond their expectations.

Actor Cheech Marin's Chicano Art Collection Opens At LACMA

The second Chicano-themed exhibit of the year opened recently at the L.A. County Museum of Art. It's a show of nearly 50 paintings, most from the collection of Cheech Marin, a Southland native who's applied some of his fame and fortune to his passion. Marin shares his collection with KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez.

Norwalk and Riverside County Couples Get Hitched

Thousands of couples flocked to county clerks' offices around the Southland Tuesday on the first full day California granted marriage licenses to gays and lesbians. Our reporters fanned out to various locations to gauge the significance of the day. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was at the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder's office in Norwalk about an hour before its doors opened at eight o'clock, while KPCC's Steven Cuevas spent the morning with dozens of couples at the Riverside County Courthouse in Indo.

Jordan High School Protest Targets Principal

Jordan High School in Watts is one of the lowest- performing public campuses in Los Angeles. Yesterday, half a dozen teachers protested outside the school. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says they don't like the approach the principal is taking to boost Jordan's performance.

Study: Some LA Charter Schools Outpace Nearby Traditional Schools in Testing

Test score improvements at L.A. Unified's 100+ charter school campuses are zooming past rising scores at nearby traditional campuses. So says a study from the statewide association that's been pushing for more charter schools. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.