Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Reporter

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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

LA Unified facing first budget increase in years

LA Unified’s board of education will vote on the 2013-14 budget Tuesday - and for the first time in years members will be talking about how to spend, not how to cut.

LA Unified philanthropy helps students and superintendent

The two-year-old L.A. Fund for Public Education has raised nearly $4 million for L.A. Unified. It's two big projects: Breakfast in the Classroom and "Arts Matter"

Important LA public education jobs are changing hands

A game of musical chairs in Los Angeles public schools: the players are not household names, but they can play a big role in shaping policy.

LAUSD offers $17M to settle 40 suits from Miramonte scandal

It is part of nearly 200 suits that accuse former Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt of abusing children. There was no immediate word if the offer was taken.

UPDATE: LAUSD board postpones budget discussion to next meeting

L.A. Unified board members spoke Tuesday about how to use funding increases expected from Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed student funding overhaul. They made no decisions.

Founder of renowned restaurant Guelaguetza returns to Mexico

After nearly 20 years in the U.S., Fernando Lopez satisfied his yearning for home Sunday when he got on a plane and moved back to Oaxaca.

California rolls out practice computer-based tests

California teachers, parents and the public can try out the new, computerized public school test that's expected to reach California students in two years.

What makes a memorable commencement speech?

The college graduation speech season is in full bloom. But not all of them end up smelling like a rose.

Teacher victory in LAUSD race doesn’t bode well for Deasy

Monica Ratliff’s win of an open seat on L.A. Unified’s Board of Education could provide some discomfort for the superintendent’s reform agenda.

CSU to use online instruction to ease class crunch

Cal State officials are counting on a $10 million dollar proposed state budget bump to ease class bottlenecks affecting tens of thousands of students.

LA Unified candidates in pivotal race debate

Los Angeles Unified school board candidates squared off on key policies, trying to highlight differences that didn't appear as wide as each candidate contends.

Money pours, unevenly, into LA Unified school board election

Political newcomer Antonio Sanchez is benefiting from huge outside spending. Monica Ratliff is banking on her credentials as a teacher and union leader instead.

Breakfast in the Classroom is big political win for Deasy

Teachers' complaints were drowned out as Pro-Deasy groups and the union that represents cafeteria workers, SEIU 99, jumped into action to support the program.

UPDATED: LA Unified school board continues free breakfast program

LA Unified school board unanimously decided to keep Breakfast in the Classroom, the focus of a "power struggle" between supporters, opponents of Supt. Deasy.

Design school publishes anti-gun violence children’s books

Pasadena's Art Center College of Design has inserted itself into one of the most pressing issues facing this country: gun violence