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

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.

CSU faculty prez: Increasing admissions needs to be priority in 2019

The California State University system turned away more than 30,000 qualified California students last year. The president of the faculty union urges more access.

Women feel betrayed by experience with USC sexual abuse hotline

Women complain of long waits, little follow up, and lack of emotional support when they called USC hotline set up to take calls of abuse victims.

Bill would waive second year of community college tuition in CA

Housing costs and trouble enrolling in classes force some community college students to take a lot longer to finish their studies. A new bill seeks to help.

University of California: Nobel laureates & hungry students

A new survey of University of California students finds that more than one in five skip meals or eat less to varying degrees because of finances.

USC class gives students say in campus reforms

“It’s empowering to know that we can possibly do something to end this 30-year era of trauma,” one student said about her class' efforts.

Students demand USC listen to their ideas after the Tyndall scandal

"It's empowering to know that we can possibly do something to end this 30-year era of trauma."

Women who want quick closure may join USC sex abuse settlement

Some of the women suing USC over alleged sexual abuse say they won’t join the recent 215 million dollar settlement of a federal lawsuit. They say it doesn’t offer enough compensation; but some women are ready to settle.

Gay romance ban reinstated on campus of Azusa Pacific University, an evangelical Christian school

Azusa Pacific had been working to expand LGBT student rights this semester. But the school's board of trustees backpedaled after a backlash from inside -- and outside -- the university.