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

Robert F. Kennedy's Son Says, Don't Save the Ambassador

Maxwell Kennedy, a son of the assassinated politician, opposes the plan to preserve part of the Ambassador Hotel and says the entire complex should be torn down to make more room for schools

Teachers' Union Organizes Pro-Education House Parties

A visit to one of thousands of house parties organized by the National Education Association to build support for public education.

Should Illegal Aliens Who Go to College Get Residency?

Some local college students are urging the US Congress to pass the "Dream Act," which would give legal residency to undocumented aliens who complete two years of college.

Successes in Garden Grove Unified School District

The Garden Grove Unified School District won the $500,000 Broad Prize for Urban Education. What is the district doing right?

Plan for School at Ambassador Hotel Unveiled

LAUSD officials unveil their plans to preserve certain parts of the Ambassador Hotel while building three schools there.

It's SAT Time Again

As high school seniors prepare to take the SAT, the debate continues over such things as cultural bias and tutors.

Do School Uniforms Improve Student Performance?

As more public schools adopt uniforms, we examine their effectiveness in Long Beach Unified, which ten years ago became the first district in the nation to adopt them.

Should County Offices of Education be Spared the Budget Knife?

County offices of education say a proposal to eliminate many of them could threaten imporatnt programs they run.

Latin "Alternative" Bands Fight For Fans, Airwaves

They're often ignored by record companies and radio programmers, but dozens of bands that mix hip-hop and Latin rhythms won't give up the dream of success. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez visits the Latin Alternative Music Conference in LA.

Governor Settles ACLU School Lawsuit

In a break from the Davis Administration, Governor Schwarzenegger has settled a lawsuit over run-down schools by pledging millions in state money for repairs and textbooks.

The King of "Pachuco Boogie" Remembered

Bandleader Don Tosti - who blended Latin jazz, blues and boogie into LA's "Pachuco" sound - has died at 81. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez celebrates Tosti's musicial invention.

"Inventing Race"

They look like colorful depictions of life in 18th century Mexico. But a closer look at the "casta" paintings in a recent LA exhibition reveal warnings against mixing the races.

Budget Deal Opens Space at UC, CSU

Lawmakers and higher education honchos congratulated themselves Friday for winning slots for more students at the University of California and the California State University.

A Teacher Follows His Religious Beliefs

The tale of an LA public school teacher who switches to a private Christian school so he can integrate the Bible into his teaching.

Bodies on Display at the California Science Center

From now until January, you can see German doctor Gunther Von Hagens' unusual exhibit of preserved and dissected human bodies at the California Science Center.