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 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

Profile of an Undocumented Immigrant

An inside look at the life of Eduardo, a 25-year old undocumented immigrant who came across the border from Mexico City and has been fighting to make a life for himself in the United States

Multimedia Piece Looks Back at Japanese-American Internment

"Manzanar: An American Story", a multimedia orchestral work directed by LA Opera Conductor Kent Nagano, remembers the 120-thousand Japanese-Americans relocated during World War II.

Pasadena Unified Looks at Closing Schools

School district officials, facing a $9 million dollar deficit, consider which schools to close.

LA Unified Holds Ribbon-Cutting for New South Gate Elementary School

Despite the addition of new schools like South Gate New Elementary School Number 6, some Southgate parents still express concern over the quality of their children's education.

Villaraigosa Agenda Includes Hiring Cops, Ethics Reform

In his first press conference, LA Mayor-elect Antonio Villaraigosa says he'll push for the hiring of 379 new officers and for tougher ethics rules for city politicians. [image]

Thousands Attend Funeral Mass for Labor Leader Contreras

More than four thousand people honored Miguel Contreras in a mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown LA. The secretary-treasurer of the LA County Federation of Labor died of a heart attack at the age of 52.

Mayoral Candidates Want More Control Over LA Schools

Education has become a major issue in the LA mayor's race, despite the fact that the mayor has no control over the LA Unified School District. Both Mayor Jim Hahn and challenger Antonio Villaraigosa want to change that

Long Beach Hosts Cuevas Art Exhibit

The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach is displaying works by popular Mexican artist José Luis Cuevas through August. More than 250 people recently got a sneak peek. [image] [image] [image]

LA Schools Superintendent Proposes Nearly $4 Billion Bond Measure

In his first State of the Schools speech, LA Unified Superintendent Roy Romer said he will propose to the school board a $3.8 billion school construction bond measure. The measure could go on the ballot in November.

Riordan Steps Down as Secretary of Education

Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan has resigned his post as California Secretary of Education after a year on the job. Riordan's brief tenure in Sacramento stands in stark contrast to the changes he made while mayor of LA.

San Diego Schools Chief Appointed Secretary of Education

Governor Schwarzenegger appoints San Diego Schools Superintendant Alan Bersin to replace Richard Riordan as State Secretary of Education. Bersin is a former US Attorney who has had a contentious relationship with San Diego teachers and the school board.

City Council Approves Commission to Oversee Governance of LA Unified

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to form a 30-member commission that could radically overhaul the way the LA Unified School District is run.

South LA Community Center Offers Refuge From Racial Violence

A Place Called Home is only located about a half mile from the Jefferson High campus, but it's a world away from the violence between black and Latino students that has plagued the school in recent weeks.

Community Holds Town Hall Meeting on Jefferson High Racial Violence

A capacity crowd attends a meeting on the Jefferson High School campus to discuss the two recent fights between black and Latino students that have left the community in disarray. [image] [image] [image

Audit Says Charter School Owner Misappropriated Money

A state audit finds that Steven Cox, the founder of California Charter Academy, diverted millions of dollars to a for-profit company and family members.