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

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.

Forum Focuses on Protection of Treasures in Disasters

Representatives of Southland cultural centers and first responders gathered at the Getty Center to talk about how to protect valuable artworks and other treasures in the event of a natural disaster.

Museum Profiles Influential Mexican Musician

Long Beach's Museum of Latin American Art is holding a symposium this weekend on the career of Mexico's most famous singer-songwriter, Jose Alfredo Jimenez. One biography says Jimenez left as big a stamp on Mexican music as Cole Porter and Irving Berlin did on American popular music.

Students Debate Civil Liberties in a Post-9/11 World

Dozens of Los Angeles Unified High School students commemorated the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by participating in "Dialogues on Freedom." The program sends lawyers into the classroom to foster discussion on civil liberties.

The Long Journey of the LA Unified Reform Bill

The LA Unified reform bill state legislators approved yesterday doesn't look quite like the one Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa initiated.

LA Mayor Celebrates Passage of School Reform Bill

A day after the legislature approved his plan to reform the LA Unified School District, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa celebrated by returning to the place where he hatched the idea a year and a half ago, during his campaign for mayor.

Ciy Council Gives Thumbs-Up to LAUSD Bill

Ahead of a key Senate Appropriations Committee meeting in Sacramento on Monday, the Mayor's LAUSD takeover bill got a vote of confidence Friday from the City Council and business leaders.

Southland Responds to Foiled Terror Plot

Following Thursday's predawn arrests of terror suspects in England and Pakistan, the Southland felt a strong ripple effect, and reacted with increased security across the region.

Audit Uncovers Charter School Operators's Questionable Practices

A Pasadena-based charter school company has overcharged the state $57 million. That's one of the findings of an audit released by the California Department of Education.

Audits Uncovers Charter School Operators's Questionable Practices

A Pasadena-based charter school company has overcharged the state $57 million. That's one of the findings of an audit released by the California Department of Education.