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 Band Blends Cambodian and Psychedelic Sounds

Los Angeles is known for its ethnic diversity, but very few bands climb into the rhythmic and aural spaces where cultures overlap. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says that one Southland band loves hanging out in that space.

UCLA Professor Says Academia Overlooks Importance of Chicano Literature

A UCLA professor wants to see universities overhaul the way they teach the literature of the West's fastest growing ethnic group: Latinos. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports she's presenting her ideas at an academic conference this week.

Area Professor Advocates a Revisit of 18th Century 'Peace' Text

As we head toward the presidential primaries, debate continues over the war in Iraq. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says academics gathering this week plan to engage in their own discussion about war. They're calling it "On the Enigma of Peace."

USC Prof Studies How People Talk About Art

The search for the right thing to say about a work of art at a gallery goes back centuries. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez spoke with a Southland scholar who researched the topic for an academic conference later this week. The professor has written a paper called "Art Appreciation for Renaissance Dummies."

County Holiday Celebration Returns to Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Southland Christmas Eve tradition celebrates its 48th year beginning this afternoon. More than 40 dance, instrumental and vocal groups will perform at downtown L.A.'s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The event is free. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez joined one performance ensemble recently as it prepared for the big event.

Getty Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary

This past weekend, the Getty Center launched a three-month celebration to mark its 10th anniversary. Most agree the Getty is a must-see destination, but KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says that not everyone agrees about the Getty Center's effects on the Southland art scene.

Season's Givings: Long Beach Group Needs Help to Run Therapeutic Pools

As part of our month-long "Season's Givings" series, KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez tells about a a non-profit group called California Pools of Hope. The group has operated a therapeutic pool in North Long Beach for more than four decades and is looking for volunteers to help out.

UCLA Class Analyzes Rise of "Hegemonic Humor"

Latino activists say there has been an increase in anti-Latino humor on mainstream TV, moving the rhetoric from the fringes of political debate to front and center. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports on a UCLA professor who's devoting a class to what's called "hegemonic humor."

Philharmonic's Incoming Dudamel Gives L.A. a Much-Anticipated Preview

The L.A. Philharmonic's conductor in-waiting, Gustavo Dudamel, was in Los Angeles last week for a series of concerts. It was his first concert performance here since the Phil announced earlier this year that Esa-Pekka Salonen will pass the baton to him in about a year and a half. Dudamel's conducted in L.A. before, but lots more anticipation accompanied this visit. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that orchestral music lovers were eager to hear for themselves whether the 26-year-old Venezuelan wonder would deliver.

Jefferson High School Program Aims to Ease Tensions, Broaden Horizons

Two and a half years ago, a series of racially charged brawls broke out at Jefferson High School in South Los Angeles. In their aftermath, the school district overhauled administration at the campus and poured resources into the school. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports on a new program at the campus intended to ease racial tensions and encourage college going.

International Political Art Groups Meet in L.A.

A growing number of artists around the world explore social and political ideas with works they never intend to exhibit in galleries. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says a small army of these self-proclaimed "interventionists" has descended on Southern California to compare notes.

DJ "Don Cheto" Climbs to Number Two Spot

For years, two Spanish-language DJs have ruled the roost in Los Angeles. Now a third disc jockey, who goes by the name Don Cheto, has moved into the number two spot. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says that listeners don't seem to care that his on-air persona, a country bumpkin delivering homespun tales and wisdom, is a total fabrication.

State Superintendent Convenes Summit to Close Achievement Gap

Tuesday and Wednesday, thousands of California educators will meet in Sacramento to grapple with a major problem in the state's public schools. School administrators and teachers call it the "achievement gap." As KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports, school leaders want to find solutions for each school, because doing nothing, they say, will cripple the Golden State's future.

Mural Artists Upset Over Removal of Paintings

About a month ago, the Friends of the Los Angeles River received permits to hold a two-day mural painting event where the river meets the Arroyo Seco. The purpose was to beautify hundreds of feet of drab concrete banks. But the project's turned sour. Event organizers say an L.A. County supervisor called a meeting afterward to criticize the murals' content and demand their removal. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Undocumented Immigrant Arellano Arrested in L.A., Deported

For a year, a Methodist church in Chicago granted sanctuary to Elvira Arellano, an undocumented immigrant. Federal immigration officials did not move to arrest her at that church. But Arellano was in Los Angeles this weekend and officers were waiting. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.