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

Cal State Long Beach Professor Retires After 43 Years

This time of year, many people say goodbye to their college campuses. English professor Gerald Locklin's bidding his farewell after 43 years at Cal State Long Beach. His colleagues and current and former students gathered recently at a hotel ballroom to pay tribute to his teaching career. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was there and brings us this story.

Thousands March in L.A. for Immigration Reform

A mostly Latino crowd of thousands took part in several marches in Los Angeles on Thursday. The protesters called for immigration reform, amnesty, and an end to workplace raids by federal immigration agents. The protest took place a year to the day after much larger protests in L.A. ended in violence. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez and Frank Stoltze followed this year's demonstrations.

U.S. Postal Service Honors Pioneering L.A. Journalist Ruben Salazar

The Postal Service unveils a stamp today in the nation's capital and Los Angeles to honor Ruben Salazar. He was a pioneering journalist, killed on the job almost 40 years ago. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

OC Sheriff Faces Supervisors Over Grand Jury Report

A group of Orange County Sheriff's department employees has been suspended with pay following the beating death of an inmate by fellow inmates. The sheriff has also asked the FBI to investigate whether inmates' civil rights were violated at the Theo Lacy Jail. Acting Sheriff Jack Anderson made that announcement to the Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. As KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports, the sheriff promised several reforms to address serious breaches of professional conduct uncovered in a grand jury report on the inmate's death.

Grand Jury Finds Violations of Procedures by Orange County Jail Deputies

For almost a year, an Orange County criminal grand jury's been investigating the brutal murder of an inmate at the hands of other inmates. The grand jury's findings are out, and the information reveals widespread negligence by sheriff's deputies at the county's largest detention facility. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

LACMA Organizes Major Exhibit of Chicano Art

A large exhibition of Chicano art opens at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art this Sunday. The show explores how a branch of art produced by Mexican-American activists 40 years ago has blossomed and inspired a slew of young Latino artists today.

Long Beach School Board Race Pits Incumbents Against Teachers Union Endorsees

Los Angeles County's second-largest school district is in the final days of a bare-knuckled school board campaign. The race for two school board seats in Long Beach Unified pits two incumbents against candidates backed by the teachers union. The candidates have been crisscrossing the school district's neighborhoods and speaking at forums organized by civic groups. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez attended one of those forums.

CSU Faculty Union Organizes Long Beach Rally Against Proposed Budget Cuts

The union that represents Cal State University faculty staged a large rally at the system's Long Beach campus Wednesday. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that the event is part of a larger strategy to generate opposition to Governor Schwarzenegger's proposed budget cuts.

Teachers Counter Military Recruitment in Public Schools

KPCC is focusing this week on the anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. One important angle is military recruiting. The Defense Department says it's meeting recruitment goals. But a Defense Undersecretary recently said recruitment was dragging because young people today look down on military life, many are out of shape and the war is five years old. The counter-recruitment movement isn't helping either. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez looked at one Southland group's effort to limit military recruitment in public schools.

Loyola Marymount Art Exhibit Focuses on Youth Activism

The presidential primaries have shed a light on a growing political activism among young people in their twenties. An art exhibit at Loyola Marymount University argues there are similarities between today's youth activism and the more massive student movement of the late 1960s. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez talked to some of the artists and brings us this story.

Educators Form Coalition to Fight Proposed Budget Cuts

Schools administrators, labor unions, and parent groups from the Southland announced Tuesday that they've banded together to fight Governor Schwarzenegger's nearly $5 billion proposed cut to California's education budget. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Arrest Made in Bus Stop Shooting

The LAPD announced an arrest Thursday night in a shooting at a South Los Angeles bus stop at Vernon and Central 24 hours earlier. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was at the police news conference, and gave Shirley Jahad details on the incident and the suspect.

L.A. Mayor Appoints Superintendent for School Reform Effort

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has named a veteran San Diego educator to carry out the public school reforms he's positioned front-and-center in his first term. More on the story from KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez.

Broad Museum Opens at LACMA

After five years and $60 million, a new museum to house philanthropist Eli Broad's private art collection opens this weekend at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. L.A. is already home to one contemporary art museum. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez stopped by the "members preview" yesterday.

East L.A. Daycare Center Celebrates 35th Anniversary

Los Angeles County officials say proposed state budget cuts could make quality day care scarcer than it is now in working class neighborhoods. They point to the example of Centro de Ninos, a 35-year-old day care center in East LA. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez paid a visit.