Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Reporter

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez
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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 espaƱol 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

Former School Board President Wins LA Council Seat

Former LA Unified School Board President Jose Huizar defeated Nick Pacheco for the 14th District LA City Council seat. Pacheco formerly represented the council district.

Two Lead Pack in 14th District Race

Former LA City Councilman Nick Pacheco is trying to reclaim his 14th district seat against another frontrunner - school board trustee Jose Huizar. Others on the ballot include a former Olympic boxer and a longtime Chicano activist.

Day of the Dead Altar Gets Remake for the Digital Age

A group of East LA art students created a Day of the Dead altar for the Digital Age to keep the tradition from dying out.

Retiring Justice O'Connor Speaks at Southland Women's Conference

On the same day that Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination for Supreme Court Justice, retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor told a women's conference in Long Beach that she hopes the next nominee is a woman.

Pioneering LA Lawmaker Dies at 89

Longtime L.A. Congressman Ed Roybal died Monday of respiratory failure complicated by pneumonia. Roybal was the first to open the door of elected office for Mexican-American politicians.

Exploring the Role of Parents in Public Education

Studies have found that parental involvement is key to a student's sucess, but the role of the parent in public education has gotten more complex.

'Smaller is Better' Education Movement Reaches Southland

Adolfo Guzman Lopez examines the movement to break up large urban high schools.

Educators Greet Exit Exam with Mixed Feelings

Adolfo Guzman Lopez reports on the dispute over the standardized test which all seniors will have to pass to graduate.

LA Unified Shuts Down Nationally Recognized Student Project

KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez looks at a nationally recognized business education program at Crenshaw High School, which the Los Angeles Unified School District shut down earlier this year. [image] [image] [image]

Villaraigosa Reveals Plans for Three Major Foreign Trips

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa met with LA's top foreign diplomats Friday and revealed plans to travel to Asia, Latin America and Europe.

City Council Approves Pay Hike for DWP Workers

The LA City Council has approved double digit pay raises for more than 8,000 Department of Water and Power employees.

Fixture in Southland Zydeco Scene Dies

Murphy Matthews was among a group of Louisiana expatriates who brought Zydeco music to Southern California. Matthews died last weekend while organizing fundraisers for Hurricane Katrina refugees.

Mexico Bans Presidential Frontrunner from Visiting Southland

Mexican presidential frontrunner Manuel Andres Lopez Obrador was supposed to meet with LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and speak at a Mexican Independence Day event in Huntington Park, but Mexico's elections commission banned him from making the trip.

LA Unified Opens Baker's Dozen of New Schools

The Los Angeles Unified School District marked the first day of school by opening 13 new campuses as part of the district's $9 billion school construction effort.

Preservationists Settle with LA Unified Over Ambassador Hotel

The LA Conservancy has agreed to drop its lawsuit, allowing the LAUSD to raze the Ambassador Hotel and put in a new school.