Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Reporter
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
Los Angeles is known for its ethnic diversity, but very few bands climb into the rhythmic and aural spaces where cultures overlap. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says that one Southland band loves hanging out in that space.
A UCLA professor wants to see universities overhaul the way they teach the literature of the West's fastest growing ethnic group: Latinos. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports she's presenting her ideas at an academic conference this week.
As we head toward the presidential primaries, debate continues over the war in Iraq. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says academics gathering this week plan to engage in their own discussion about war. They're calling it "On the Enigma of Peace."
The search for the right thing to say about a work of art at a gallery goes back centuries. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez spoke with a Southland scholar who researched the topic for an academic conference later this week. The professor has written a paper called "Art Appreciation for Renaissance Dummies."
Southland Christmas Eve tradition celebrates its 48th year beginning this afternoon. More than 40 dance, instrumental and vocal groups will perform at downtown L.A.'s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The event is free. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez joined one performance ensemble recently as it prepared for the big event.
This past weekend, the Getty Center launched a three-month celebration to mark its 10th anniversary. Most agree the Getty is a must-see destination, but KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says that not everyone agrees about the Getty Center's effects on the Southland art scene.
As part of our month-long "Season's Givings" series, KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez tells about a a non-profit group called California Pools of Hope. The group has operated a therapeutic pool in North Long Beach for more than four decades and is looking for volunteers to help out.
Latino activists say there has been an increase in anti-Latino humor on mainstream TV, moving the rhetoric from the fringes of political debate to front and center. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports on a UCLA professor who's devoting a class to what's called "hegemonic humor."
The L.A. Philharmonic's conductor in-waiting, Gustavo Dudamel, was in Los Angeles last week for a series of concerts. It was his first concert performance here since the Phil announced earlier this year that Esa-Pekka Salonen will pass the baton to him in about a year and a half. Dudamel's conducted in L.A. before, but lots more anticipation accompanied this visit. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that orchestral music lovers were eager to hear for themselves whether the 26-year-old Venezuelan wonder would deliver.
Two and a half years ago, a series of racially charged brawls broke out at Jefferson High School in South Los Angeles. In their aftermath, the school district overhauled administration at the campus and poured resources into the school. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports on a new program at the campus intended to ease racial tensions and encourage college going.
A growing number of artists around the world explore social and political ideas with works they never intend to exhibit in galleries. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says a small army of these self-proclaimed "interventionists" has descended on Southern California to compare notes.
For years, two Spanish-language DJs have ruled the roost in Los Angeles. Now a third disc jockey, who goes by the name Don Cheto, has moved into the number two spot. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says that listeners don't seem to care that his on-air persona, a country bumpkin delivering homespun tales and wisdom, is a total fabrication.
Tuesday and Wednesday, thousands of California educators will meet in Sacramento to grapple with a major problem in the state's public schools. School administrators and teachers call it the "achievement gap." As KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports, school leaders want to find solutions for each school, because doing nothing, they say, will cripple the Golden State's future.
About a month ago, the Friends of the Los Angeles River received permits to hold a two-day mural painting event where the river meets the Arroyo Seco. The purpose was to beautify hundreds of feet of drab concrete banks. But the project's turned sour. Event organizers say an L.A. County supervisor called a meeting afterward to criticize the murals' content and demand their removal. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
For a year, a Methodist church in Chicago granted sanctuary to Elvira Arellano, an undocumented immigrant. Federal immigration officials did not move to arrest her at that church. But Arellano was in Los Angeles this weekend and officers were waiting. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.