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

'365 Days' Theater Festival Kicks Off in LA

Each week, for the next year, theatergoers in Los Angeles will have the opportunity to see seven different short plays by the same writer. They're part of a national theater festival called 365 Days/365 Plays.

LA Unified Installs New Superintendent

The LA Unified School Board said goodbye yesterday to retiring superintendent Roy Romer and installed David Brewer III as his replacement. As Romer was being honored, Brewer was getting his first taste of the hard realities of the job.

As Election Wraps Up, Focus Turns Toward 2010 Governor's Race

Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has just won reelection to another term as Governor, but Democrats are already starting to openly talk about a future gubernatorial run by another political superstar - L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Opinions Mixed on Impact of Latino Voter Registration Drive

Following this year's immigrants' rights marches, there was a push to get more Latinos to head to the polls on Election Day. Now, activists are hoping that effort will help influence Tuesday's midterms elections.

Prop 86 Would Hike Cigarette Tax to Fund Health Programs

Proposition 86 supporters say the measure to hike the sales tax on cigarettes would reduce smoking rates and health care costs but Proposition 86 opponents say the proposition would be a boon for hospitals and HMOs.

LA Mayor and LAUSD Superintendent Talk About Future of Schools

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa met behind closed doors at LA City Hall Wednesday with the newly appointed Superintendent of the LA Unified School District, retired Navy Admiral David Brewer. Despite differences between the mayor and the school board, the two men say they're giving little thought to those conflicts.

Mayor: Asia Trip Will Increase Trade and Tourism

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Monday an Asian trade trip that took two weeks and cost half a million dollars in city funds will yield many benefits for the city into the future.

Roy Romer Prepares to Step Down as LA Unified Leader

Roy Romer will soon leave the LA Unified School District after six years as superintendent. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez sat down with Romer to talk about the highs and lows of his tenure.

New LAUSD Leader Takes Field Trip Through Communities

David Brewer III hit the ground running Monday, visiting with various groups in cities that are served by the school district he will oversee.

USC Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Historic Jazz Tour

A 1956 government-sponsored concert tour that ranks as one of the great diplomatic triumphs in US history was remembered at a concert at USC. The tour took Dizzy Gillespie's 17-piece band through the Middle East, Europe and South America and introduced the world to jazz.

Super Agent Man

Some people underplay their accomplishments. Other people exaggerate them. All Jerry Heller has to do is tell the truth.

Green Dot Has Sight on Two More LA Unified Schools

Charter school operator Green Dot is proposing opening charters in or around two of school district's lowest performing campuses - Crenshaw and Dorsey high schools.

LA Unified Files Suit to Stop Reform Plan

The LA Unified School District filed suit in LA Superior Court Tuesday against a school reform plan initiated by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, approved by state lawmakers, and signed by the Governor.

LA Writers and Artists Take Center Stage at Mexico City Book Fair

Some of LA's top writers and artists are making the trek south of the border as special guests of the Mexico City Book Fair. The annual event opened this weekend and focuses on Los Angeles and Havana, Cuba.

Apprentice Program Awaits Word on King/Drew

Each year hundreds of high school students receive their introduction to medical careers through visits to King Drew Medical Center, but the future of that program is up in the air now that King/Drew is losing federal funding.