Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Education Correspondent

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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

UC honors Chicano activist with posthumous degree

Oscar Gomez of Baldwin Park was found dead in 1994 after a student protest. The circumstances surrounding his untimely death were never determined.

Cal State campus uses social gaming to stop drop outs

A aprogram created by USC researchers uses students’ online social gaming skills to guide them to academic, financial, and wellness help.

LAVC Center Is a Unique Resource for Student Parents

The Family Resource Center -- the only one of its kind in the state community college system -- helps students with child care and other support services.

The Mastermind Behind the College Scandal

In 2007, Rick Singer founded a college advisory business called The Key. Turns out The Key opened what he described in court as a “side door” into elite schools.

Southern California at Heart of College Admissions Scandal

More than a dozen Southern California residents are among those charged Tuesday by federal prosecutors in a national college admission bribery and fraud scheme.

Killing of USC Student Heightens Awareness of Safety

The killing of a USC student near campus over the weekend has some students thinking about their own safety and what the campus is doing about it.

California's community college students are hurting for food and housing

"No student should face hunger or homelessness," California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Oakley told KPCC. "California must do better."

UCLA creates position to increase outreach to Native Americans

Southern California universities are taking the lead in improving relations with Native American tribes. UCLA is the latest; it created a new position that seeks to increase the number of American Indian students and faculty.

Community colleges asked to remove a job roadblocks for ex-offenders

Many ex-offenders don't apply for jobs when they see that job applications request disclosing criminal history. Community colleges are moving away from the practice.

These programs are helping foster youth make it to college graduation

There are 60,000 foster youth in California. About one out of four attend a community college. Recent reforms are improving their prospects but more assistance is needed to help them make it to graduation.

New UC council takes on return of Native American remains

University of California Native American advisory council includes faculty and tribal leaders. One agenda item for its first meeting: the return of human remains.

Problems with new payroll system at the University of California

It appears problems with a new payroll system at the University of California are affecting student employees. UCLA says about 1,000 employees affected there.

Community colleges seeking help for formerly incarcerated students

California community college administrators say the state's high incarceration rate underlines how important it is to help the formerly incarcerated earn a degree.

A push for college financial aid to cover more than tuition

For many Cal State and community college students tuition is cheaper than rent and other living expenses. Policymakers want financial aid to cover these costs.

UC: nearly $50 billion needed for construction, renovation

Student say deferred maintenance leads to crowded campuses and hurts the quality of their education. UC's price tag: nearly $50 billion in the next decade.