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

After 11 Years, LA Unified Opens Most Expensive School to Date

After years of controversy, drama, and emotion-filled board meetings, the Roybal Learning Center, formerly known as the Belmont Learning Complex, opened its doors to students Wednesday. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Glendale Unified Inaugurates Unusual German-Immersion Kindergarten

Many public schools in the Southland welcomed students to their first day of school Tuesday. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez visited a campus where the youngest students are pretty sure to learn the meaning of the word "kindergarten."

Gallery Exhibit Explores East Los Angeles D.J. Culture

DJ culture, with its turntables, record scratching, and fashions, is ever-present in mainstream television, movies and advertising. An exhibit at a downtown L.A. gallery argues that East L.A. DJ's as far back as 30 years ago and the Eastside parties where they played constitute an overlooked chapter of DJ culture. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports about the gallery's efforts to unearth cultural history.

Getty Musuem Taps New Director

The Getty Museum has hired Michael Brand, the director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, to be its new director. The appointment comes as several Getty officials find themselves under investigation.

Undocumented Student Struggles to Raise Money to Attend Elite University

If you're about to enter college, it's time to nail down plans to move into student housing and probably past time to secure your plan to pay for tuition, fees, and living expenses. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports about one Southland high school graduate who's struggled to raise the money he needs before he's supposed to enroll at one of California's elite universities next month.

College Administrators Tackle Student Enrollment Problems

This week in Los Angeles, college and university administrators from around the country tackled a vexing issue in higher education: how to open the doors to more students and keep them enrolled. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Historians, Activists Fight to Save Renowned Sherman Oaks Mural

Art historians and local activists in Sherman Oaks are decrying the likely destruction of an 85-foot-long mural created in a Jewish neighborhood. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

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.