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

LAUSD Board Approves Charter Company to Run Locke High School

L.A. Unified voted Tuesday on a first: handing over management of Locke High School in South Los Angeles to a charter school company. The vote took place after three hours of heated public comment about the future of reform at the nation's second-largest school district. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.

May Day Claims Filed Against City of Los Angeles

On Thursday, lawyers filed the largest batch of claims so far arising from a violent incident between Los Angeles police officers and protestors at MacArthur Park in May. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.

Pieces of Historic African American Art Collection to be Auctioned

A year and a half ago, KPCC reported on a Los Angeles private collection of African American art painstakingly put together between the 1950s and 1980s. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports 94 of the most valuable pieces are set to be sold at auction by a New York gallery in a few months.

Nueva Trova Music Movement Grows in Southland

A Latin American musical form called "nueva trova" enjoyed a heyday during the protest movements of the 1960s and '70s. The music traveled north in immigrants' cultural knapsacks. The Bay Area's maintained a strong trova scene for 20 years, fostered by Chilean immigrants. In the Southland, trova hasn't taken root until recently. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports on a young generation of musicians drawn to the music's message of love and social justice.

Late Writer's East Hollywood House May Be Torn Down

The East Hollywood courtyard apartment where writer Charles Bukowski wrote his first novels could be torn down. Bukowski's fans learned of the news while they were planning events to celebrate the late writer's birthday. Bukowski would have turned 87 on Thursday.

Federal Regulators Pull King-Harbor's Funding

Federal officials announced today that King Harbor hospital in South L.A. has failed a second audit of its facilities and quality of care. The federal government plans to cut off funding next week. Without that money the hospital's operators, the County of Los Angeles, can't keep it open in its current configuration. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.

Longstanding L.A. Troupe Still Serious About Being Funny

For almost a quarter century, three L.A.-based comic actors known as Culture Clash have used sharp satire to skewer politics and culture. Their appeal has broadened from Chicano radicals in the early days to ethnically mixed audiences from the suburbs. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.

MacArthur Park Band Shell Reopens After $1.7 Million Renovation

Live music is returning to the band shell at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. The city closed the 70-foot-wide performance stage five years ago because it was in such bad shape and the park around it was so dangerous.

Getty Agreement Brings Closure

L.A.'s Getty Museum announced today it's returning 40 ancient art objects the Italian government alleged were illegally looted from that country. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports the agreement wraps up foreign governments' claims that the Getty owned artifacts art thieves had smuggled out of their countries.

State Republicans Propose Cut to UCLA Labor Center

Sacramento Republicans are proposing a series of cuts to close a state budget deficit next year. One of the minor cuts would erase the budget for a very visible academic center in Los Angeles. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.

Southland Poet's New Book Explores Love, Death and Los Angeles

Los Angeles writer Eloise Klein Healy retired last year from a 14-year teaching career at Antioch University in Marina del Rey. Now she's released a new book called "The Islands Project." KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez sat down with her.

Arts Groups Worried About Hollywood Gentrification

Redevelopment in Hollywood is changing the face of a fabled, formerly gritty Los Angeles neighborhood. City officials say they're halfway through a 40-year effort toward achieving the landscape they want. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that some arts leaders fear redevelopment may erase what makes Hollywood unique.

Latinos Sound Off on Telemundo Scandal

Executives of Telemundo and parent company NBC placed reporter Mirthala Salinas on leave yesterday after she admitted having an intimate relationship with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Latinos in the Southland say they have mixed feelings about whether the scandal undermines their trust in Spanish-language television news.

Artist Leaves Mark on Former Latino Gay Bars

There's no shortage of opinion in the Southland about what constitutes a landmark. Earlier this week, in the dead of night, one Los Angeles artist cemented her own historical plaques to commemorate the Latino gay bars she says have been gentrified out of the Silver Lake area. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez went along and filed this report.

Avalon Students Celebrate Hard-Won Graduation

Public school districts across the state are struggling to lower high school drop out rates. Administrators at one school in the L.A. Harbor area say their campus should serve as a model. Teachers say it's a place where students make the best of their second chances. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.