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

L.A. Philharmonic's Music Director to Step Down

Esa-Pekka Salonen will give up his role as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in two years. He's passing the baton to Gustavo Dudamel, a 26-year old Venezuelan conductor.

USC Financial Aid Dean Under Investigati

The University of Southern California is one of several schools investigating financial aid practices after New York's Attorney General alleged that officials profited from a loan company the university recommends to students. USC, Columbia University, and the University of Texas placed financial aid officials on leave Thursday after information surfaced that they held stock in the suspect company.

Charter School Founder Claims Success; Critics See Flaws

Green Dot founder Steve Barr is planning a major expansion of charter schools in Los Angeles. Barr says the success of Green Dot's charter schools show his approach works, but some education researchers aren't so sure the model can be expanded.

CSU Faculty Vote to Strike

The stage is set for professors at the 23 California State University campuses to go on strike. CSU faculty and administrators have until Sunday to decide whether to agree to a contract recommended by independent mediators.

Annual California Bilingual Education Conference in Long Beach Rallies Instructors

Although California voters dismantled the state's extensive bilingual education program in the 1990s, bilingual instruction didn't disappear. Some parent and school district-initiated programs remain. Thousands of bilingual educators continue to gather in search of better ways to serve English learners in public schools. The annual conference, organized by the California Association for Bilingual Education, takes place in Long Beach this weekend.

CSU Faculty Voting on Strike Authorization

The California State University is embroiled in a bitter fight between its professors' union and administrators. They've faced each other at the negotiating table for almost two years, but haven't been able to work out a contract for the union's 23,000 members. Pay is an issue, but so is the more subjective matter of respect.

Father and Daughter Team Up for New Art Exhibit

A new art exhibit in Los Angeles pairs the car culture and the Chicano Movement work of Frank Romero with the storybook prints of Sonia Romero. It's the first exhibit by the father and daughter team.

More Rookies Trying Their Hand at Art Collecting

Art dealers are seeing a growing number of first-time buyers, and the real estate market may have something to do with it. Other observers credit the glitz and glamour of record-breaking auctions.

Salvadoran Protest Group Cutumay Camones Reunites in Los Angeles

Members of a well known Salvadoran musical group from the 1980s are reuniting in Los Angeles this weekend after an 18-year hiatus.

Activists: Inglewood Beatings Being Ignored

Inglewood police officers have interviewed, for the second time, several Latinas who said they were beaten by a group of African American youths last week. Some Southland activists complain that Inglewood city officials and the news media are paying scant attention to this case.

L.A. Unified's Food Czar Has High Hopes for School Meals

The new director of L.A. Unified's food services department says he wants to make the district's meal program a model for other schools around the U.S. and the world.

Nine Convicted in Long Beach Beating Trial

Nine of ten black youths charged with beating three white women during Halloween last year are guilty of felony assault. That ruling was handed down Friday by a Long Beach Superior Court judge.

LA Teacher's Union Sets Strike Vote

The head of the United Teachers of Los Angeles is accusing LAUSD officials of bargaining in bad faith and wants his 48,000 members to go on strike.

Tijuana Artists Try to Cast New Light on a 'Strange New World'

"Strange New World," a new exhibit of contemporary art from Tijuana, is on display at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Tijuana artists said their work is a reminder of their city's harsh realities, but also of Tijuana's role as Northern Mexico's most vibrant cultural metropolis.

Boys and Girls Club is Safe Haven for Harbor Gateway Kids

In today's newscasts and talk programs, KPCC has been examining racially-charged gang violence in Los Angeles. The 14-year-old girl shot dead last month in L.A.'s Harbor Gateway neighborhood spent a lot of time at the Harbor City Boys and Girls Club. Amid the violence on neighborhood streets there, the club is trying to provide a safe haven for kids. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez paid a visit to the club and brings us this report.