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

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.

MacArthur Park Print Shop Keeps Old Technology Alive

For 40 years, a print shop near MacArthur Park in Los Angeles has kept the letterpress alive. It's a printing technique that computers nearly killed off. The owners are a Mexican immigrant and his family; they're celebrating the shop's anniversary this week by launching a series of Los Angeles-inspired art prints. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LA Unified Teachers Walk Out to Protest Proposed Budget Cuts

Los Angeles Unified teachers skipped the first hour of class this morning to demonstrate against proposed state cuts to education. KPCC's Steve Julian spoke with Adolfo Guzman Lopez, who followed the situation at Los Angeles High School.

Teachers Walk Off The Job to Protest Budget Cuts

Thousands of teachers at hundreds of Los Angeles Unified campuses walked off the job for an hour Friday to protest the state's proposed education cuts. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez attended a rally in L.A.'s Mid City and has this story.

L.A. Middle Schools Fall Below Education Standards

L.A. County middle schools are leaving its students behind. That's the message behind a study released today by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

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.